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Popular Dog Breeds: Australian Shepards

About the Australian Shepard:

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Ted Male Miniature Merle Aussie Follow his Instagram @puppybuddy_ted

Each bolded word below is a reason for why the Australian Shepard is a popular breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the Australian Shepard breed.


Australian Shepards are a very popular dog breed because of their fur markings and eye color, size, and their intelligence.

Aussies are beautiful

– Fur 

Australian Shepards (Aussies) are well known for their beautiful fur markings. They are often bred with other types of dogs for their pretty markings. There are two known categories on how we describe an aussie’s fur marking. One of the categories would be merle colors and the other category would be tri-colors.

  • Merle Colors
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Orlov Male Cattle dog Aussie mix (with a blue merle coat)
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Maya Female Corgi Aussie mix (with a red merle coat)

According to an Oh Tiny Heart blog post, the proper way to create a merle colored aussie is to breed a tri colored aussie and a merle colored aussie. When you breed a merle colored aussie and a tri-colored aussie there is a 50% chance that each individual puppy will be merle colored or tri colored. “Common sense tells breeders: if merle is a dominant color gene, why don’t we breed 2 merle colored dogs and increase our odds? Sure, that could work.” – Oh Tiny Heart blog post

But when you breed to merle dogs genetic defects are more common for the puppies. Breeding to merle dogs is called a double merle, it possess both dominant merle genes. “Double merle dogs; while it is a gene and not a color per se, are typically described as mostly white, with light, sometimes minimal merling patterns. Due to this lack of pigment, the dog is prone to hearing and sight issues.” – Oh Tiny Heart blog post

  • Tri-Colors
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Hunter Male Red Tri-Colored Aussie

-Eyes

Aussies have a variety of different eye color combinations. For example one of Orlov’s eyes is blue and the other one is a very dark brown.

An Aussies size

Aussies come in miniature and standard sizes. Therefore they are great apartment dogs if trained well, and if they have a proper amount of exercise. If aussies do not get out their energy then they may knock over things and run around in the house.

They are focused and intelligent dogs

They take direction very well, and are very focused. They are energetic and therefore they can be great agility dogs. They love to run and jump.

History

According to AKC, “Although there are many theories about the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed as we know it today developed exclusively in the United States.” Aussies were bred as herding dogs. Since they were bred as herding dogs they need lots of exercise to minimize their energy levels. Therefore they are great agility dogs.

Sources:

Oh Tiny Heart blog post

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/dogs-101/videos/australian-shepherd/

Most helpful link:

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/australian-shepherd/detail/

 

Which one to choose: Purebred or Mutts?

When it comes to choosing if you want a purebred dog or a mutt there are pros and cons on both sides.

PUREBRED

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Huntress Female Manchester Terrier

Pros:

  • You know for sure what their breed is
  • You have a better chance of determining their size
  • You can know for sure if they are hypoallergenic or not

Cons:

  • Costs more money than mutts
  • You won’t have the fun of guessing their breed
  • If you don’t get a purebred from a shelter then you won’t be saving a dog’s life

If you want to pay less for a purebred dog then you might want to check out your local shelter. Did you know that 1/3 of dogs surrendered in shelters are purebreds?

MUTTS

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Cisco Male Lab Shepard Mix

 


Pros:

  • You can have fun guessing your dogs breed
  • You have saved a dog’s life if you adopted it
  • You have a mutt, the combination of many dog breeds, that is very unique

Cons:

  • You don’t know the dogs ancestry for sure
  • You probably don’t know the size your dog will be
  • You don’t know if you may end up being allergic to them or not

Thanks for reading!

 

Adopt Don’t Shop!

According to the Humane Society of the U.S.,

“Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save a loving animal by making them part of your family and open up shelter space for another animal who might desperately need it.”

That’s why I have created a list of 6 reasons why you should adopt instead of shop.

You may think that all of the dogs in shelters are mutts but according to the MSPCA 1/3 of dogs in shelters are purebred.

6 reasons to adopt a pet:

  • You saved a dogs life by adopting it
  • You raise awareness to shelters by adopting from one
  • Pets at shelters are usually a lower cost than pets in pet shops
  • You are fighting puppy mills
    • According to the Humane Society of the U.S.,”If you buy a dog from a pet store,online seller or flea market, you’re almost certainly getting a dog from a puppy mill.Puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of these puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.These puppy mills continue to stay in business through deceptive tactics — their customers are unsuspecting consumers who shop in pet stores, over the Internet or through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving them a dime.”
  • You help an animal shelter open up a space for other homeless animals
    According to http://list25.com/25-reasons-to-adopt-and-not-shop/

“The role of animal shelters is to provide a shelter for homeless animals. This means that when you adopt an animal from one of these shelters, you help provide a home for that animal while at the same time opening up space for another homeless animal.”

  • A majority of “Pre-owned”dogs are already house trained
    • When you adopt a dog they are usually already house trained, which usually means no extra house training will be needed.

Interested in adopting a new fluffy friend?

A few shelter/rescues are listed below:

New York:

http://www.humanesociety.org

https://www.aspca.org

http://www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org

New Jersey:

http://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/256/Woodbridge-Animal-Shelter-Pet-Adoption-C

http://bloomfieldshelter.com

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Photography: Camera VS iPhone 6s

📸 Camera:

✅Pros

  • Great quality
  • Professional
  • Usually has more photo storage than an iPhone

❎Cons

  • Sometimes the photos get blurry when they are uploaded onto instagram
  • It is harder to hold a squeaky ball in one hand and a large camera in the other

    Dog photos I’ve taken with a Nikon camera:

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Phone:

✅Pros:

  • Great quality
  • More convenient weight wise

❎Cons:

  • Not professional
  • Photos take up way to much storage on the iPhone

Photos I’ve taken with my iPhone 6s

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I think personally it is easier for me to use my iPhone because I have it all the time with me and it is much lighter than a camera. 

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Happy Valentines Day!

We wish all of our instagram and blog followers a Happy Valentines Day!

Here are some of our photo favorites that we wanted to share with you!

We hope you  and your pet have a great Valentines Day!

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Why I think non filtered photos are better

I like my photos to be natural. On my 3 Instagram accounts thetweendogistelittlelou, and Maltipoo_of_Manhattan I have only used filters or edited my photos a few times. 

Why?

Because I like to work off of natural light. Photos that are taken with a natural essence cannot really keep that natural feeling if filters are included. 

I don’t think that we need to use filters in our photos to make them look good. 

A natural photo with no filters to me would seem a bit more professional than one with filter(s). This is because a photographers best friend is natural light. 

 It may be necessary to brighten the photo if it is too dark. I once used a an editor to edit Bentley the standard poodle’s photo because at the angle that I took the photo there wasn’t enough light. 

I only use filters about 3 times on my private account, twice on my thetweendogist, and I haven’t created any posts yet on the last account. 

That’s I try to stray away from filters and editing apps. 

How to take the best dog photos

This is my first post on @thetweendogist blog!

How to take the best dog photos/How I take photos on my @thetweendogist instagram account


🐾The best dog photos when taken need patience.


🐩 Step 1: Have some thing the dog wants for instance a squeaky toy or treat.

🐶 Step 2: Move this object around your camera’s lens. This way  the dog will be looking the lens. Tip: If the dog is a bit jumpy at first wait for it to calm down and then take a/the photo when they are calm. I guarantee that photo will come out great.

🐕 Step 3: Well… There is no step three. It’s as easy as that all you need is patience, and a camera.


Here are some of my favorite dog photos: They are among the many photos I have taken.IMG_5324.JPG

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If you love dogs make sure to follow: @thetweendogist on Instagram (I sometimes dog cat photos if you’re more of a cat person.)