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Information on Working Dogs

Courtesy Slash V Working Aussies

A working dog can be a useful tool on almost any operation.  We chose Australian Shepherds over other breeds because of they were the best cattle dogs.  For over three decades we have bred and used Aussies with several different types of livestock.

 If you are looking for a dog, or want to know if you need and could use one, take a look at the pages listed below.  The information included should give you a good start on making an educated decision.  Also included are some articles and stories about Aussies that we feel help to illustrate important temperament/companion information.

Stockdog Information Articles

History of the Slash V Australian Shepherd (Stockdog Magazine, 2003)

So You Think You Might Want a Stockdog
Introduction to the Working Australian Shepherd
Trial Dogs and Ranch Dogs
Dog Tales from a Cattleman
Chores:  Photo Essays
Common Myths About Acquiring a Dog
CH Jones' Reddy Teddy CDX OTDdsc SCH HA

What color is a good stockdog? 

Whatever color he is!

"The recognized colors are blue merle, red (liver) merle, solid black and solid red (liver) all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points with no order of preference.  The blue merle and black have black pigmentation on nose, lips and eye-rims; the red (liver) merle and red (liver) have liver pigmentation on nose, lips and eye-rims."  Australian Shepherd Club of America Breed Standard

Color Genetics of the Australian Shepherd--Read more about the specifics of Aussie color inheritance.


Red merle

Black tri

Blue merle

Below are photos of three popular working breeds that are often confused either because of similar names, or when their coloration is similar.  Keep in mind we call the following breeds "working" dogs, NOT "herding" dogs.  The American Kennel Club has designated a group of "herding" dogs that have a background of herding at some point.  This does not necessarily mean that the dogs classified as "herding" can still "work."  

In any case, no matter what you are looking for, don't expect to get a working dog from a background that has not worked for several generations.  You might get lucky, but the odds are not good.


Australian Shepherd


Border Collie



Australian Cattle Dog

"Cattle Dog"




*Don't forget to visit the links page for many more resources.

Learn the Basics of How to Train a Stockdog!

"Training Your Stockdog" by Steve Winn, Slash V Australian Shepherds (50 minutes)

Cost:  $35.00 USD. Shipping rate in the US is $2.00, anywhere else is actual cost, which can be checked at www.usps.com   Either send your address by regular post with a money order or send your payment via Paypal to terry@slashv.com.  Our mailing address: 

Steve Winn & Terry Martin 3520 N. FM 1744 Hico, Texas 76457 HOME# 254-785-2047  CELL# 817-408-0721

We have available a DVD made by Steve that shows initial exposures of young dogs to stock, how to begin directing dogs to work with you and for you, and will give you easy-to-follow directions on how to get the best out of your dog.  The information applies to the rancher / farmer and also to potential Stockdog Trialers.

Some things you will see in the video:

  • Starting a young, hot, speedy dog on stock (Slash V Blueberry Fudge and Slash V Semi Autumn Woods featured)

  • Working with a strong heeling dog to develop fetch and gather skills (Black Powder Toby featured)

  • Working with a strong-eyed dog to get him working FOR you instead of for himself (featuring Australian Kelpie "Surf")

  • Dogs working on cattle, sheep and a short segment on ducks.


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As of February 2014 Terry and the Slash V Aussies have relocated to Bryan, Texas

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