About Ginger the Aussie/Lab Mix
- Status: Adopted!
- Adoption Fee: $200
- Species: Dog
- General Color: White with Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
- Color: White and Red
- Current Size: 54 Pounds
- Current Age: 7 Years 10 Months (best estimate)
- Microchipped: Yes
- Housetrained: Yes
Ginger and her friend Daisy were adopted many years ago from PRBJ. Their owner has loved and cared for them for many years but due to financial reasons is unable to keep them any longer.
Ginger is an Australian Shepherd/Lab mix. She is about 4 and is housetrained. She knows Sit, Stay, Lay Down is very intelligent. She can be a little aloof when first meeting new people but is very sweet once she knows you. She is on medication for a rare heart condition, which is a blood thinner. She eats it with a treat in the morning and also at night. She plays hard and gets tuckered out quickly because of this but is also a great dog!
According to www.dogbreedinfo.com, despite the misleading name, the Australian Shepherd is not Australian at all, but was developed entirely in the U.S. to work as a herding dog on ranches. It is possible that the name was derived from one of the dog's ancestors. The breed's principal forebears were most likely Spanish dogs that accompanied the Basque shepherds and herds of fine Merino sheep exported to both America and Australia in the early days of the colonies. At some point it probably crossed with Collie stock. It has only recently gained recognition as a distinct breed. Its many talents include, retrieving, herding, watchdogging, guarding, police work, narcotics detection, search & rescue, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks. Australian Shepherds are easy going, perpetual puppies that love to play. Courageous, loyal and affectionate, they are excellent children's companions that are great with active children. A devoted friend and guardian, for they are naturally protective. Very lively, agile and attentive - they are eager to please, with a sixth sense about what the owner wants. Australian Shepherds are highly intelligent and easy to train. Though aggressive when at work with livestock, the Aussie is gentle with human friends. Australian Shepherds needs lots of exercise and a job to do, as the breed is very intelligent, active and easily bored. They can become nervous and destructive if left alone too much without exercise. They are naturally suspicious of strangers, so they should be well socialized as puppies. Working lines of Australian Shepherds may be too energetic to be suitable pets. Some like to nip people's heals in an attempt to herd them. They are quiet workers, unlike some breeds, which are bred to bark constantly at livestock. This breed is not usually dog aggressive. They have a life expectancy of 12-15 years. This breed is often sensitive to ivermectin; however, the dosage for heartworm preventive is considered safe. Be warned that higher doses of Ivermectin are also used to treat mange and caution should be taken.