Aussaliers are a recent mix breed that are becoming more popular.
They’re a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
The first Aussalier litter occurred in 2013, bred by Pinewood Cavapoos.
Inheriting the traits of both Australian Shepherds and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, these small dogs are usually active and playful.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at some Aussalier photos to give you an idea what these dogs look like.
Before we look at some photos of Aussaliers, let’s learn a little more about the cross breed.
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What is an Aussalier?
An Aussalier is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
They usually go by the name Aussalier, but they can also be described as an Australian Shepherd Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix.
Where do Aussaliers come from?
As we touched upon above, the first Aussalier litter was bred by Pinewood Cavapoos in 2013. Since then, a few more breeders have emerged in the United States.
We spoke to one of the leading Aussalier breeders in the United States of America, Royal Crown Kennels. The owner, Melissa, explained how she became involved in breeding Aussaliers:
I was a breeder of Toy & Mini Aussies in 2015. I also had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I adored CKCS but I didn’t want to raise them because of the overall health concerns of the breed. I started noticing that lot of people that reached out to me about Aussie puppies, loved the looks/loyalty/intelligence of the Aussie but were hesitant about getting one because of their high energy, and sometimes timid nature. So when the thought came to me to cross them with a CKCS, I started researching. Royal Crown Kennels had our first litter in 2016. We were so delighted with the mix that I decided to raise Aussaliers exclusively.
Let’s take a look at the size of these adorable Aussaliers.
Aussaliers can come in a range of different sizes.
The size variation depends on whether the Australian Shepherd parent is a standard, miniature or toy.
Aussaliers usually range from 10 to 25 pounds but you can get the occasional dog that is bigger or smaller.
There are number of different Aussalier colors.
Usually, an Aussalier will have a merle pattern or a tri color pattern.
However, some of these mixed dogs can have a Blenheim coat, which is associated with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Here’s Royal Crown Kennel to explain a little more about Aussalier coat color:
Aussaliers come in a few different color variations depending on the genetic color of the parents. In General, you will see two different variations Merle and Tri-Color. Because this is a mixed breed there is potential for the puppies to inherit a number of combinations of color & patterns based on the parents colors. So far we’ve seen Merles, Tri-Colors, and Blenheim Aussaliers. All with a range from no white to lots of white.
As a relatively new cross, there isn’t a lot of information readily available about Aussaliers online.
You’ll need to be careful when researching Aussaliers that the dogs you’re looking at are indeed Aussaliers.
We’ve spoken to @royalcrownkennels and @rykertheaussalier to learn more about these hybrid dogs.
Mere Aussalier Photos
Royal Crown Kennels told hellobark.com
They are VERY easy to train. Intelligent and eager to please. They love learning. Positive re-inforcement with methods such as ‘clicker training’ are very effective. But be sure to set boundaries and don’t let them break the rules just because they’re cute! They can be “Too Smart for their own good” so to speak, if they don’t get enough guidance.
Tri-Color Aussalier Photos
Ryker the Aussalier told hellobark.com:
Ryker is only 4 months old so a lot of his personality could be from just being a puppy. He’s very sweet. He loves to be near me but doesn’t have to be on me. He’s very playful and at this point has been good with all dogs and humans he’s met! He hasn’t met other animals but I feel like he would also be good with them. He is hyper but I think that’s mainly from being a puppy. He tires out and calms way down after doing to camp or the dog park.
Blenheim Aussaliers Photos
Royal Crown Kennels told hellobark.com
Yes! Aussaliers are happy and fun dogs who would love to spend the afternoon at the dog park. As always start socializing your Aussalier with other friendly dogs early and avoid scary situations that might make them apprehensive/timid.
Aussalier Puppy Photos
Aussalier to Follow on Instagram
If you want to learn more about Aussaliers, we recommend checking out some of these beautiful mixes on social media platforms such as Instagram.
Here are some suggestions for our readers to check out:
So there you have it, we’ve reached the end of our feature on Aussaliers.
This mix breed is still in its infancy having started in 2013.
As you can see, they share the physical traits of both the Australian Shepherd and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
If you want to learn even more about Aussaliers, check out our interview Aussalier breeder Royal Crown Kennels.
Alternatively, you can read our interview with Ryker the Aussalier.