Some of us have been breeding and using Aussies as stock dogs our entire adult lives.  We were around when ASCA first offered ranchers the opportunity to trial their extraordinarily skilled and versatile ranch dogs in the new ASCA Stock Dog Trial program.

Some of us missed out on ASCA's early years.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the breeders who paved the way and devoted themselves to preserving the Australian Shepherd as a unique breed of stock dog and unparalleled family companion. 

All of us would like to offer future breeders, stock men and women and Aussie admirers the same dog that we inherited from those who laid the foundation of our breed.

This website has been created by ASCA members to offer facts, based on historical references and
knowledgeable opinion, which support the ASCA Stock Dog Committee's development of a Working Description of the Australian Shepherd.

Hindsight is always 20/20.  The originators of the ASCA Stock Dog Program, who plainly wrote, "To preserve the natural inherited working ability of the Australian Shepherd," could not have imagined a time when "winning" at trials would become the ultimate purpose, and that the essence of the working Aussie would be in question.  Had they been able to see into the future, they would have described what the Stock Dog Program was created to preserve: the inherited traits that make our Australian Shepherd unique among stockdog breeds, resulting in a dog who, when the long day's work is done, wants only to be with its family, children and home.

Historical records show that for decades before and after the founding of ASCA, the Aussie was known as a tough, gritty, close-working breed that relied on power and presence more than the strong eye more typically seen in Border Collies. 

As trialing - and winning - at ASCA Stock Dog events has become an end unto itself, some breeders are popularizing an Aussie that is less a "farm hand" and more a "sports hero." The "lunch bucket" working traits that served our breed so well in stock yards and on open range are not desirable within the confines of an arena, where finesse and flash draw attention.

For well over a decade, knowledgeable stock men and women who also breed and use Australian Shepherds have expressed concern over genetic drift away from the Aussie's unique inherited capabilities, and toward a generic "fancy trial dog".

The time has come for ASCA to serve our breed and commit to its duty to describe what the Stock Dog Program was created to preserve. In support of this effort, we offer information that will truly educate and inform the public.  We have so much to lose, possibly forever, if we don't work now to safeguard the Australian Shepherd and encourage the development of a Working Description.

Welcome to the AussieInfo web site. 


Site Debut:  14 April 2004

Last Update:  26 April 2004

*The comparative photographs and illustrations on this website were chosen to present a visual of working style. Because the photographs are taken at 1/125th of a second, they are not intended to depict the overall natural style of the particular dog shown.

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