Australian Retriever

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25-52 lbs
19-23"
United States
Aussie Golden Retriever

The Australian Retriever is a hybrid dog and consists of a mix between a Golden Retriever and an Australian Shepherd. They tend to be a combination of white, black or brown with individual dogs having different markings. Their coats are usually coarse and a bit wavy and they are moderate shedders. With both parent breeds being working dogs, the Australian Retriever has good herding instincts but they are friendly and loyal dogs and very easy to train. They aren’t big barkers and are very good with children. They enjoy swimming and are not sensitive to the weather so will do well in most climates.

Purpose
Companion, Herding, Hunting, Sport
Date of Origin
2005
Ancestry
Golden Retriever, Australian Shepherd

Australian Retriever Health

Average Size
Height: 19-23 inches Weight: 30-60 lbs
Height: 19-23 inches Weight: 25-52 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Eye Problems
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Skeletal
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Australian Retriever Breed History

An Australian breeder is believed to have registered the Australian Retriever with the Australian Canine Hybrid Club after breeding her black Australian Shepherd with three of her Golden Retriever females. There were four puppies in the first litter in late December 2007 and two other litters followed in 2008. The Australian Shepherd, in spite of its name, was bred in the United States in the 1840s to herd livestock and is still happiest when working. Often referred to simply as “Aussies” they earned recognition for starring in Disney movies. In 2012 one appeared in the film the Famous Five. They are often used as guide dogs and for search and rescue. Many of them are registered with the Australian Shepherd Club of America. Golden Retriever’s ancestry goes back to the 1800s from dogs bred in Britain to retrieve waterfowl and game. In 1865 a Scottish businessman and politician Dudley Marjoribanks received the only yellow puppy in a litter of black wavy-coated retrievers from a cobbler which he named Nous, which is Greek for “wisdom.” According to records, Nous was bred to a Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct) and they had four yellow puppies which are now regarded as the foundation of the Golden Retriever breed. They continued to breed using among others black Wavy-Coated Retrievers, a Red Setter and a Bloodhound creating the line that is seen today. They came to the United States in the early 1900s the first one was registered by the Australian Kennel Club in 1925. 

Australian Retriever Breed Appearance

The Australian Retriever is a large dog with males weighing up to between 30 and 60 pounds with a height of up to 30 inches. Their coats are quite coarse and usually a bit wavy although they can be straight and stiff. They come in various colors and shades with combinations of colors including black, blonde, brindle, brown, golden and merle. These energetic and affectionate dogs are usually well built with a broad head. They have bright, expressive and small round eyes, hanging ears and a round black nose. Australian Retrievers will have traits from both the parent breeds and can vary according to individual animals.

Australian Retriever Breed Maintenance

Australian Retrievers need regular grooming  to keep them looking good so it will be best to brush them at least twice a week. If the dog is brushed regularly it won’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year with a good dog shampoo. Occasionally trimming can be done to keep your Australian Retriever’s fur from matting. During grooming sessions check the ears and teeth. It’s a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth regularly to keep them healthy. Clipping the nails should be done regularly to prevent splintering.

Australian Retriever Temperament

Australian Retrievers are very intelligent and loyal dogs and very loving towards their owners. They are energetic, affectionate and playful but can be quite possessive over their belongings and their family. While they are good with other animals and with children, their tendency towards possessiveness may need to be monitored when children are around. While they are not known to bark a lot, Australian Retrievers make good watchdogs and are very easy to train. With all dogs it is best to start training as soon as possible but these breeds are very responsive. With their Australian Shepherd ancestry they do have a herding instincts, but are good family pets. Because of their instincts for retrieving, from the Golden Retriever side, good games to train them with will be those involving balls or frisbees. Considering the Australian Retriever is a combination of an Australian Shepherd and a Golden Retriever, their temperament will be quite similar. 

Australian Retriever Activity Requirements

Because Australian Retrievers have so much energy they will need regular exercise preferably twice a day. Both parent breeds need plenty of exercise, so the Australian Retriever will be much the same. To prevent boredom and any destructive behavior from setting in, walk or exercise your dog for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day. Ball games and frisbee are a good way of keeping the dog active and stimulated but make sure the dog is in a safe, enclosed environment when off the leash. These breeds do best in a home with a large fenced in yard so they can also run freely. The Australian Retriever will do well in hot or cold climates.

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