Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
The Aussies are an interesting story. When I was a kid in the 70s, Australian Shepherds were working dogs; ranchers owned them. They were not big dogs, maybe 40 lb. and lean working machines. They were active, headstrong dogs and had a reputation for being biters.
When the Aussie was accepted into the AKC, I couldn't believe how BIG the dogs were, blocky and big-boned, and how much coat they had. None of the Aussies I saw working on ranches looked anything like these show dogs. I thought to myself "when did they get so big and hairy?"
Now, they've turned around and created the "mini" Aussie, which is probably just the original, lighter working Aussie bred down in size.
It's funny to me that the original Aussie was a good working medium size, then the AKC came along and made it bigger, and then others came along and made a "mini" version, as though the original medium size is too boring.
Americans can't seem to stand anything medium or moderate--it's got to be extreme, either be extremely big or extremely small, no room for the middle.