Bite: Lower jaw is longer than the
upper one, with the lower incisors sitting in front of the upper
incisors with the lower premolars aligned directly below or just
forward of the upper premolars.
|Overshot Bite exceeding 1/8 inches: Upper jaw
longer than the lower jaw with the upper incisors sitting well forward
of the lower incisors with no physical contact between the upper and
lower incisors. The
upper premolars are displaced toward the front when compared to the
lower premolars. One eighth of an inch is the approximate width of a
Other Than Recognized Colors: Any color other than
the four described. Other than recognized colors would include such
variations as brindle, piebald, dilute black (slate), dilute red
(fawn), sable, white, and yellow.
For more information on non-standard colors, please visit the Field Guide to
the Colors of the Australian Shepherd website.
White Body Splashes: Any spot or patch of white on
the torso, between the withers and the tail. For more information about
where white is acceptable on the Australian Shepherd visit the White
Dudley Nose: Weakly pigmented or a completely
cryptorchidism: Monorchidism means the
development and presence of only one testicle. Cryptorchidism
(Unilateral) one testicle is descended into the
scrotum; one is still retained up
in the body.
Cryptorchidism (Bilateral) both testicles are retained in the body,
none are present in the scrotum
Stiff, upright ears with no break. These ears detract from the
Shepherd Breed type..
Large, heavy, lowset ears that hang downward from
their junction at the skull with little to no lift. Seen in breeds such
as Setters and Retrievers, it is incorrect for the Australian Shepherd.
Non Typical Coat Types: Any coat type that deviates
significantly from the ideal. This would include excessively long,
short and smooth, curly, wiry, and fluffy arctic-like coats.