For more than 20 years Black Rock Australian Shepherds have been competing in virtually every venue available to dog enthusiasts. Particular emphasis is placed on the breeding and showing of superior conformation ring Aussies. At Black Rock, we believe a dog who is physically and psychologically sound will be able to more easily perform the myriad of tasks that may be assigned.
When breeding Aussies we look for superior traits in both sire and dam, which complement each other while minimizing faults. We believe in moderating extremes and will not, for example, breed a large-headed male to a Collie-headed female in the hope of producing normal top-skull and muzzle features. Particularly high on the list of breeding-potential disqualifyers is a tendency toward weakness in the rear as evidenced by a lack of angulation and slipped hocks. Overall, Black Rock Aussies are known for forgiving temperaments, balanced and laid back shoulders over strong reaching fronts supported by well angulated, driving rears.