The Australian Shepherd Club of
America (ASCA®) was established as the parent club for the
breed in 1957 and incorporated as a non-profit
corporation. Increasing interest in competition led to the
development of merit programs.
These programs today provide
certification and titles in Stockdog, Conformation,
Obedience, Tracking, and Agility as well as recognition to
the top Juniors. These programs increased ASCA®'s role as a
service organization to much more than a registry.
ASCA®-registered Aussies can earn titles in every phase of
competition as well as entry into ASCA®'s Hall of Fame which
is reserved for outstanding sires, dams, and kennels. ASCA®
has over 100 Affiliate Clubs internationally providing
sanctioned shows and trials for ASCA® registered Aussies.
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.
The OFA databases are core to the organization’s objective
of establishing control programs to lower the incidence of
inherited disease. Responsible breeders have an inherent
responsibility to breed healthy dogs. The OFA databases
serve all breeds of dogs and cats, and provide breeders a
means to respond to the challenge of improving the genetic
health of their breed through better breeding practices.
The testing methodology and the criteria for evaluating the
test results for each database were independently
established by veterinary scientists from their respective
specialty areas, and the standards used are generally
accepted throughout the world.
The Canine Health Information
Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine
health database sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for
Animals (OFA). CHIC, working with participating parent
clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of
purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the
health issues prevalent in specific breeds by establishing a
recommended protocol for breed specific health screening and
recognizing dogs tested in accordance with that protocol.
CHIC also maintains a DNA Bank that collects and stores
canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and
phenotypic information to facilitate future research and
testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease
Australian Shepherd Health &
Genetics Institute, is dedicated to the increase
and diffusion of knowledge of genetics in the Australian
Shepherd, and the inherited diseases from which it sometimes
suffers. We envision serving all Aussies, no matter what
their purpose, the goals of their owners, or where they
live. ASHGI will work both independently and in cooperation
with researchers, breed clubs, canine health organizations
and foundations that provide grant funds for canine genetics
This is the American Kennel
Club's website. It is a little overwhelming
but has a lot of info for the dog lover.
As an AKC parent club
to the breed since 1991, USASA represents Australian
Shepherd breeders and owners across the United States and
around the world. We are dedicated to promoting,
preserving, and protecting our wonderful Australian Shepherd
breed. This web site provides information on all of USASA’s