Welcome to our guide to the Australian Retriever.
The Australian Retriever is a mix of two different breeds, the Australian Shepherd and the Golden Retriever.
The DogExperts.info website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Australian Retriever breed of dog.
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If you can answer any of the questions below, then please add your comments to the box at the bottom of the page or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to feature your dog and publish any photos or pictures of your Australian Retriever you would like to email us.
Are you looking to buy a Australian Retriever – then see our list of Australian Retriever breeders.
Why Choose a Australian Retriever?
What type of owners buy a Australian Retriever?
What in your opinion are the best things about the Australian Retriever breed?
Why do you think the Australian Retriever is special?
What are your favourite things about the Australian Retriever?
Are you glad you choose to buy a Australian Retriever and not another breed?
How would you describe the Australian Retriever temperament?
What advice might you give to people thinking about whether they should buy a Australian Retriever over other breeds?
History & Origins
What are the history and origins of the Australian Retriever?
About The Breed
What colors of Australian Retriever are most popular?
What does the Australian Retriever look like?
What are the pros/cons of the Australian Retriever breed?
What can a new owner expect in terms of differences between the Australian Retriever and other breeds?
Do they attract a lot of interest and curiosity from the public?
What type of typical personality does the Australian Retriever have?
Is it possible to describe a fairly typical Australian Retriever?
What is the breed standard/description for the Australian Retriever?
Were there particular colors people preferred and that maybe you focused on?
Are there any downsides to owning a Australian Retriever that prospective owners should be aware of?
Is the Australian Retriever breed of dog suitable for first-time dog owners?
Some breeds can be described as greedy and prone to weight issues, would this apply to the Australian Retriever?
What are the key differences when compared to other breeds?
Is the Australian Retriever breed suitable for a person or family that are out at work all day?
Some owners seek a breed suitable for barking and offering a guard dog role – how does the Australian Retriever match up to that role?
Are there myths about the Australian Retriever – in other words do new potential owners come to you with misconceptions about this breed?
We asked a number of breeders in the UK and America what essential advice they would give to new owners of Australian Retriever puppies and this is what they said:
What types of questions do you get once owners get their Australian Retriever home?
Can you tell us something most owners would not know – tips, secrets etc from your years of experience?
What is the typical temperament of a Australian Retriever, so people know what to expect from their new pet?
When fully grown how much on average does a Australian Retriever weigh?
When the Australian Retriever is full grown in size what is the maximum height and length expected to be?
Is the Australian Retriever ever crossed or mixed with other breeds of dog?
Does the Australian Retriever smell or drool a lot?
Do you have a Australian Retriever growth chart?
What breed group does the Australian Retriever come under?
What type of coat do they have?
Can they swim?
What does the movement of the tail show, does it mean they are trying to ‘talk to us’ or give us some message?
Are there some types of people that you can suggest the Australian Retriever is not suitable for, perhaps families?
How is the Australian Retriever with children?
Do you think the Australian Retriever is suitable for families with young children?
How does the Australian Retriever get along with other (existing) pets and do you have any tips or advice for new Australian Retriever owners in terms of successful integration?
Is it better to buy one Australian Retriever or two?
Should prospective new owners be aware of any differences between males and females?
Would the Australian Retriever be suitable as a guard dog?
Can I leave my Australian Retriever during the day while I go to work?
What is the expected average lifespan of the Australian Retriever?
In terms of life expectancy, how long on average would the Australian Retriever breed live to?
Food & Diet
Do you have any special feeding routines or diet?
Do you have any feeding advice or brands that you prefer?
How to handle the Australian Retriever puppy to start off – how much food, what type, how often?
What feeding routines and types of food/supplements do you recommend?
What to buy in terms of equipment? Bowls etc
Do owners need to consider supplements for their Australian Retriever?
How about for older dogs?
Buying – How Much Do They Cost?
How much did your Australian Retriever cost to buy?
Can you offer advice to people looking to buy a Australian Retriever and how much should they spend?
What advice would you offer new Australian Retriever owners?
What types of people are buying the Australian Retriever and why?
Where can I buy Australian Retriever rescue dogs or find a Australian Retriever for adoption? Please note that buying or searching for a ‘cheap’ Australian Retriever can be false economy as they may have health issues that cost you far more in the long-term – always buy from a good and responsible breeder!
Do I need public liability insurance or a license?
How would you describe the Australian Retriever puppy to potential new owners?
What types of owners are best suited to owning a Australian Retriever?
What colors and sizes are most popular?
Are there things new owners do that perhaps frustrate you?
What can people expect when they become a new owner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Australian Retriever?
As a Australian Retriever breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
Are there specific times of the year that you breed?
Choosing a puppy from a litter, what advice could you offer potential new owners in terms of selecting ‘the one’?
How long does it take to housetrain/potty train a Australian Retriever?
When can you take them out in public and how do you handle them around other dogs?
Will they run off – when is it safe to let them off the lead?
We invite you to email us your Australian Retriever’s pictures, in particular we are looking for photos showing Australian Retriever puppies at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks old as well as early pictures such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 months old to a year old.
Do they have any nicknames or does the Australian Retriever have popular names?
If my Australian Retriever is pregnant what might the litter size be?
Could the Australian Retriever be dangerous around young children?
How do you deal with a problem barker – any tips and advice to new owners?
How do you prevent a Australian Retriever biting?
How do you prevent a Australian Retriever chewing?
How do you stop a Australian Retriever jumping up?
Does the Australian Retriever have an issue with excessive digging?
Why does my Australian Retriever keep growling and barking?
Is there a reason my Australian Retriever dog is often scratching excessively?
Do they suffer from separation anxiety and how can I prevent this?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what can you say about the Australian Retriever and their exercise needs and do you have any tips or advice for new Australian Retriever owners?
As a breeder of the Australian Retriever , do you prefer a collar or harness?
As an expert of the Australian Retriever breed do you prefer a standard leash or retractable?
Can you offer any dog walking tips for Australian Retriever owners?
Playtime & Tricks
What games and toys can you recommend for the Australian Retriever?
Are there toys you suggest avoiding?
How intelligent is the Australian Retriever compared to other dog breeds?
How much can they understand?
Do you have any special grooming routines or tips and advice for new Australian Retriever owners?
How much time is involved?
What accessories are required to be purchased for grooming a Australian Retriever?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning maintenance of nails?
How much do Australian Retriever shed and how do I maintain their hair and how often?
How can I prevent or cure ear infections?
Do you have any tips for eye care?
Is the Australian Retriever a hypoallergenic breed?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning cleaning and bathing your Australian Retriever?
Can you offer new Australian Retriever owners advice concerning fleas and maybe products you use in treatment and prevention?
What advice and tips could you offer to owners who might wish to follow your path in showing the Australian Retriever?
What started your interest in showing the Australian Retriever?
If a new owner perhaps wanted to meet other owners or find out more – perhaps they have an interest in joining a local club or maybe they wonder how they can start showing their Australian Retriever – where would they begin?
Can you offer any advice to others who may be wondering if they can also start showing?
How would an owner know they have a show-quality Australian Retriever and how would they start off?
Can you give away any of your secrets?!
Is showing very expensive and why do you think people like to do it?
What do judges look for in a winner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Australian Retriever?
What official organisations are there for the new Australian Retriever owner and what benefits or services do they provide?
In buying a Australian Retriever, can you offer advice and tips to new owners?
How did you go from being an owner to getting into breeding?
Do you think the breed’s popularity has increased, decreased or remained the same?
How did you progress to becoming a breeder and why focus on breeding the Australian Retriever out of all the breeds you could have chosen?
What do you think makes the Australian Retriever special to you?
Are there things that you see owners doing that frustrate you?
As a breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what is it like to train a Australian Retriever and do you have any tips or advice for new Australian Retriever owners?
How should new owners approach bringing a new Australian Retriever home, any advice and tips you can give?
Should I allow my Australian Retriever to sleep in my bed or elsewhere in the house?
Do you recommend crate training and how long does this take?
Should my Australian Retriever sleep in a kennel or crate?
Health is always a major concern when buying a dog, do you have any advice for new Australian Retriever owners to be aware of in particular?
Are there any health-related tips you can give to owners?
What sort of health issues should owners be on the lookout for?
What is the recommended schedule for vaccinations for your Australian Retriever?
Can you offer any advice on how to treat and prevent worms?
What type of health issues can a Australian Retriever have and how do you deal with preventing these?
Why does my Australian Retriever have diarrhea?
Do they suffer from itchy and sensitive skin and if so why?
Why is my Australian Retriever vomiting and do I go to the vets?
When should I take my Australian Retriever for vaccinations and which ones do they need and how often?
How often will my Australian Retriever be in heat?
Should I consider getting my Australian Retriever spayed or neutered and when and how much does this cost and what are the benefits?
My Australian Retriever is limping, what should I do and should I go to a veterinarian surgeon?
Do they suffer from allergies?
Why is my Australian Retriever not eating?
How much does it cost to insure my Australian Retriever?
What healthcare issues or diseases might be excluded from companies that provide Australian Retriever dog health insurance?
What age would you class as an ‘older or senior’ Australian Retriever?
Do you notice any changes in their behaviour?
What changes in food and diet would you suggest making for an older Australian Retriever?
Do you feed any supplements to an older Australian Retriever – or anything else which helps them as they age?
Are there any health issues particular to a senior Australian Retriever dog?
Do you have any advice for owners of an older/senior Australian Retriever or tips you can pass on?
Here is an interesting video on the Australian Retriever.