An Auggie is a cross between an Australian Shepherd, either standard or miniature sized, and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. While the breed has been around for some time, it’s gained recent popularity as a loyal family companion. You may be wondering whether one is right for you. We’ve compiled a complete guide to Auggie Puppies to help you decide.
Where To Get Auggie Puppies
This mixed breed does sometimes appear at rescue organizations for its parent breeds. If you’re excited to rescue, check your local Corgi Rescue or Australian Shepherd Rescue for an Auggie. In addition, these energetic dogs do sometimes appear in shelters. While rescue gives a second chance to a deserving dog, there are a couple of downsides. For one, if you’re committed to welcoming a puppy into your family, rescue may not be for you. Most rescue organizations are devoted to finding homes for older dogs. In addition, the rescue organization may not have important health screening information. Freckledcowgirls…
If you’re choosing the breeder route, keep in mind that mixed breeds are more likely to show up in backyard breeding operations and puppy mills. Therefore, it’s important to do your research before choosing an ethical Auggie breeder. If the cost of a puppy seems too good to be true, that means it probably is. Puppy mills generally also breed more than one breed of dog at once, where a reputable breeder will only breed one at a time. Stay away from any breeder who won’t let you view where they’re keeping their puppies and breeding pairs.
Most Auggie puppies will cost $600-$800 from a responsible breeder. However, some may cost as much as $1400! A higher initial price is a good sign of a responsible breeder. It also incorporates costs related to the birth of the puppies, any necessary vet visits, and other care costs. In addition, a higher cost means your breeder is more likely to have done important health screenings. You’re less likely to pay higher vet bills later in your dog’s life if you pay a higher up-front cost. Mrs.Hagaman…
Most Auggies are tri-colored, although some may only have one or two colors of fur. They’re usually some combination of black, tan, brown, or merle. Since they have a corgi parent, they will have an elongated spine to some degree, with shorter legs than your average Australian Shepherd.
Their size can vary depending on whether their Australian Shepherd parent was a miniature or standard. Overall, however, they’re considered a medium-sized breed. Auggies are usually 10-13 inches tall and weigh 20-30 pounds. Threefilliesranch…
Auggies tend to be friendly with basically everyone. If properly trained and socialized, this will also mean they’ll get along with other dogs, small pets, and strangers. They’re great with children as well. Keep in mind this is the cross of two herding breeds. Therefore, there may be some herding or “helping” behavior, including nose pushes. While this behavior is generally harmless, it can be curbed with proper training to prevent it from becoming a nuisance.
Since they’re a cross of two high-energy breeds, Auggies tend to be high-energy too. They do best in a home with a fenced-in yard. In addition, these are very loyal dogs who need devoted time and affection with their families. Auggies are curious dogs and want to know what their pack is up to all the time. Long periods away from family members may lead to separation anxiety and destructive behavior. Dreamer…
Auggies inherit high intelligence from both their parent breeds. This means they’re easy to train and eager to please. However, they do have a bit of a stubborn streak. Again, this can be curbed with proper socialization and training early on.
Auggie Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Since they’re a mix, Auggies are prone to health conditions which affect both parent breeds. These include obesity, epilepsy, deafness, blindness and other eye issues, back problems from the corgi side, urinary stones, hip and elbow dysplasia, drug sensitivity, and Von Willebrand’s disease. If you’ve gotten your Auggie from a responsible breeder, they will have performed health screenings for these issues. However, it’s still a good idea to pay attention for developing symptoms, especially if your Auggie is a rescue. Annual vet visits and check-ups will also help with early detection and treatment.
Immediately after welcoming your Auggie puppy, it’s important to take them to the vet every three weeks until they’re a few months old. Your vet will be able to see your puppy’s growth, checking to make sure they’re growing up healthy and well-adjusted. In addition, these initial vet visits are where your puppy will get an important series of vaccinations. These include shots for rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and, if you’d like, kennel cough. Read our puppy vaccine schedule to learn more. Dreamer…
Since Auggies, like their corgi parents, are prone to obesity, it’s important to pay attention to how much food they eat. Measure the amount of food according to their needs and your exercise schedule. Since this breed can develop food allergies, you may want to choose a food which excludes common dog allergens, like corn, wheat, and soy. A home-cooked diet may be the best choice for your Auggie, since cooking their food yourself will help you control ingredients and allergens yourself.
Whatever diet you choose, you should take your Auggie’s age, weight, and overall health into account. Your veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist will be able to help you with this process. Since there are risks with feeding any dog a raw diet or a grain-free diet, make sure they are the best choice for your dog before deciding on one. Ahston_Paige…
Auggies have long and silky coats which shed most of the year. They do shed even more during the fall and spring, which are normal shedding seasons for dogs. It’s important to brush an Auggie daily to keep them looking their best and cut down on shed hair. Check for mats and tangles on the belly, behind the ears, in the armpits, and under the tail. Auggies do well with a bath every few months.
Check your Auggie’s ears regularly for wax buildup, debris, and signs of infection. Dental health is very important for narrow-jawed dogs, so make sure to brush their teeth regularly. Trim their nails regularly, too, unless you’re walking them frequently on hard surfaces.