Austi-Pap

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A. <> France and Belgium -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Austi-Pap

The Austi-Pap is a hybrid breed where the Australian Shepherd (Standard, Toy or Miniature) is crossed with the Papillon. Relatively new, there's little information available on the Austi-Pap, as an Austi-Pap puppy will inherit traits from both parents, so it's best to consider what each parent breed looks like when trying to understand what the hybrid will look like. Australian Shepherds like to have a job to do, and are generally confident, independent and loving. One of the oldest dog breeds, the Papillon is friendly, playful, intelligent and obedient.

History of the Austi-Pap

The hybrid known as the Austi-Pap is a new breed of dog with no detailed history. However, the two breeds that combine to make the Austi-Pap have a long history.
        

A little of the Australian Shepherd

        
The Australian Shepherd was developed in the USA to work as a sheepdog. It's likely that the name Australian Shepherd is due to the fact that the dog's ancestors came to the USA from Australia, so those who worked the dogs named them after where their ancestors lived. The breed's popularity increased in the 1950s after the dog was featured in rodeos and films. The Australian Shepherd now works as a ranch dog, guide dog, therapy dog, drug detection dog and in search and rescue.
Standard of the Australian Shepherd

A little of the Continental Toy Spaniel

The Papillon Continental Toy Spaniel is one of Europe's oldest dog breeds, dating back nearly 700 years. The breed, which originated in France, takes its name from its ears, which resemble the wings of a butterfly. Small dogs are depicted in numerous paintings created during the Renaissance. The portrayal of the dog in paintings provided an insight into its development. While earlier dogs had floppy ears, an unknown event led some dogs to have erect ears. The breed's popularity spread across Europe and the Atlantic in the early 1900s. The breed is also known as the Toy Spaniel.
Standard of the Continental Toy Spaniel

Appearance of the Austi-Pap

The Austi-Pap is a hybrid of the Australian Shepherd and the Papillon, whose size varies according to its parents. While the Papillon is a very small dog, averaging 2 to 4.5 kilos, an Australian Shepherd can vary considerably in size, with toy and miniature Australian Shepherds leading to a smaller Austi-Pap than when the Papillon is bred with a standard Australian Shepherd. Colors can vary from merle shades to white, depending on the predominant genes in the parent breeds. The coat will probably have an attractive wave, but coat density may vary from puppy to puppy.

Temperament of the Austi-Pap

The Austi-Pap will inherit its temperament from its parents. The Australian Shepherd is generally an independent, confident dog who loves his family very much. Australian Shepherds like to have a job to do, and can become frustrated if they don't get the mental and physical stimulation they need. The Australian Shepherd will generally be reserved with those he doesn't know, which is part of his protective nature; early socialization will be important especially given his natural suspicions. Although the Australian Shepherd may initially nip at children in an attempt to herd them, it will be easy to train and make an excellent companion for the whole family. Papillons are friendly, playful, intelligent and obedient. Dogs of this breed can be shy and often bark at almost any noise they hear. The Papillon will get on well with older children, cats and other small dogs, but will often behave aggressively towards larger dogs in order to protect its owners.

Needs and activities of the Austi-Pap

When considering the activity requirements of the Austi-Pap, it's best to consider the needs of its parent breeds. The Australian Shepherd has a high energy level and requires a significant amount of activity to maintain its physical and emotional health. The Papillon, on the other hand, enjoys a moderate level of activity and can spend most of its time indoors, although due to frequent barking, living in an apartment is not ideal. The breed is fast and athletic, but requires less activity than the Australian Shepherd. Papillons should generally not be left outdoors for long periods, due to the breed's tendency to bark at the slightest noise. That said, the Austi-Pap should not be left outdoors for long periods either.

Maintenance of the Austi-Pap

The maintenance of your Austi-Pap will be moderate, requiring regular grooming to ensure a healthy coat. Thought of as a medium excretor like its parents, regular brushing will be necessary for your Austi-Pap, as brushing should take place several times a week for Australian Shepherds and as much as daily for Papillons. The basic care that is necessary for all dogs is also important, including trimming his nails if necessary and keeping his ears clean and dry. In addition, you'll want to brush his teeth regularly to ensure his overall dental health.

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