Last Updated on December 21, 2023
The Red Tri Australian shepherds, uniquely known for their reddish brown, white and tan colours, are as energetic and happy-go-lucky as their normal Aussie cousins! However, what differentiates them from other Aussies is the red tri-coat colours.
Come as we read further into what red tri Australian shepherds are, their exercise needs, health considerations, and how to ensure they remain happy without depression due to situational factors.
Do remember that food considerations should also be taken in the case of Aussies as they need reasonable amounts of nutrition due to their high energy levels.
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Physical Characteristics of Red Tri Aussies
The very first feature that can strike you with surprise is the tough exterior of the red tri Australian shepherd, made with a sturdy build and medium size due to their hereditary nature as a working or herding dog breed; these dogs are wholly capable of moving heavy load or a group of cattle quickly.
Red tri Aussies generally come in reddish but brown colours with white markings on the face, chest, and legs and tan lines. However, the colours may also range from light cinnamon to dark liver.
The reason for this rare colouring is genetics. Genes determine colour. Commonly, dominant genes are supposed to stop recessive genes. The red gene is one such recessive gene.
Hence, a red tri Australian shepherd can be extremely rare as their colouring requires a dog to have two parents with recessive red genes.
Besides that, red tri Aussies usually come with amber-coloured eyes, although they may sometimes have one eye coloured blue or have both eyes blue.
In terms of height, a red tri Australian shepherd easily stands at over 18-23 inches along with being 40-65 pounds in weight, which, while being in an appropriate range, still puts them at a heavy-weight range when taking into consideration their overall strength and energy, through which these dogs can easily take on reasonable amounts of weight challenges.
Temperament and Personality Traits of Red Tri Australian Shepherds
The temperament and personality traits of red tri Australian shepherds can vary depending on the situation they are currently in. However, red tri Aussies are generally happy and more than willing to listen to their owners whenever it’s time to follow a command.
These dogs also have an innate ability to be aware of their surroundings, which makes them the perfect watchdogs, as they can instantly alert you about a potential intruder and chase them away if they truly do not stop with just a warning.
While these dogs may be slightly wary of strangers, they can warm up to them if exposed for quite a while; the red tri Australian shepherd is best when interacting with family members as this dog can socialise quite well and hence can show love and warmth in massive amounts.
History and Origin of Red Tri Australian Shepherds
While Australian shepherds as a dog breed have originated from the Western United States, the origins of the red tri Australian shepherd remains a mystery as most dog clubs, including AKC (American Kennel Club), haven’t recognised the red tri Australian shepherd and therefore, where it originally came from remains unknown to this day.
Caring for Red Tri Aussies: Health and Grooming Tips
While caring for a red tri Aussie, it can be important to keep some of the few points essential as:
- Make sure to regularly brush your red tri Aussie’s coat as their coat is water-resistant due to being double-layered and hence can get dust and grime buildup along with matting and tangles; brushing with a slicker brush and undercoat rake at least once a week or two can easily keep your Aussie’s fur healthy and shining and free of any painful tangles.
- Use a good dog shampoo to clean your Aussie’s coat, giving it a lush and shiny texture.
- Cleaning the ears can be tricky; always use cotton balls to clean your red tri Australian shepherd’s ears, as using a Q-tip might damage the ear canals.
- While trimming the nails, do not cut the “quick” part of the dog’s finger; the quick is a slightly undersised, fleshy part of the nail, which can quickly hurt and bleed if cut.
- Food and nutrition should be according to your dog’s age; giving them too much or too little for their age can result in malnourishment or health problems.
The critical part of a red tri Australian shepherd health care is their mental health; mental health plays an important part when it comes to Aussies, regularly keeping them occupied for at least an hour or two (the more, the better) with variety of activities such as exercising, swimming and the like, can keep your red tri Australian shepherd happy and healthy.
Training and Socialisation for Red Tri Australian Shepherds
The training and socialisation of red tri Australian shepherds can be relatively straightforward, owing to Aussies’ nature as working dogs, which makes them readily obedient to commands.
However, it is still important to train and socialise your Aussie to reduce their prey drive, which also can come from being working dogs. Some of the ways you can ensure your Aussie follows commands are:
- Give them positive reinforcement that is, give them rewards whenever they behave in a way that is appropriate for you.
- Always be gentle, never be strict and do not punish your Aussie in an overly strict way.
- Ensure that commands like “sit” and “stop” are the few commands before moving further.
In other words, as long as you socialise your red tri Aussie, you should be more than reasonable with getting them to be sociable with other people and animals.
Health Considerations: Common Issues in Red Tri Australian Shepherds
While it may seem like the red tri Australian shepherd may be more prone to health issues and the like with having recessive genes, it might be surprising to know that they are as prone to common health problems as your average Aussie.
Some of the problems your red tri Aussie may face are:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Eye conditions such as cataracts, retinal atrophy or collie eye syndrome.
- MRD1 (Multi-drug sensitivity)
- Epilepsy is another common problem among red tri Aussies
For these issues, it might be a good idea to consult your local animal veterinarian or get a second opinion if you are unsatisfied.
The Red Tri Australian Shepherd proves to be an exceptional choice for pet owners seeking a loyal and intelligent companion. With their striking red coat and distinct tri-colour markings, these dogs are aesthetically pleasing and possess a strong work ethic and a natural herding instinct.
Their trainable nature and versatility make them suitable for various activities, from obedience training to agility competitions. Their affectionate and gentle temperament makes them an excellent addition to any loving home.
By understanding the characteristics and unique qualities of the Red Tri Australian Shepherd, pet owners can make an informed decision when considering this remarkable breed as their new furry family member.