About Us

  
The Harney Family
             


Our family 
Dan, Diane, Jaquelyn
Treasure, Buzz, Chuck, Aurora, Hutch,
Maxi and Dakota

         Hidden Treasure Australian Shepherds is a homegrown kennel with only the best in mind. We fell in love with this all-around breed, capable of accomplishing any task.    "That is a lot to say of any dog."

       The beginning:
Our kids grew up competing in 4-H and open class events with livestock and other animals, including dogs.  Competing from the largest to the smallest of livestock breeds including dogs.  Having spent those years training for the show ring has proven to be an important investment and something I truly love.  As the kids have grown up and moved away, our living situations have changed, but the love of animals and competition and teaching has remained the same.  It was now time for me to have a companion dog ... So we started looking for a working dog that would be a companion, a true friend who was smart and loyal.  We found Tucker, an Aussie,  fixed puppy, that we acquired through humane society. We got him at 8 weeks old. (most of our dogs in the past have been adult purebred rescue dogs some even papered. )  I wanted a puppy this time to do all of his training myself. Different from what I have chosen before.  He instantly won us over with his energetic and loving personality, his devotion and amazing intelligence. I have only owned one dog before with this quality of devotion, plus a brain to go with it.  My goal was to train him in Agility and Obedience and maybe do some conformation.  However, Tucker did not fit the AKC breed standards. So we soon learned how limited we were on what competitions we could pursue with him.  That's when we decided our next dog would be a registered AKC/ASCA purebred from a top quality breeder.   We continued training Tucker and learning everything we could about the Aussie breed.   

       The next step: Now ready for a second dog we began our search for "The competition dog".  Both for competition and a companion for Tucker.  With the same qualities, we saw in Tucker.  After a great deal of careful searching, we found our TREASURE.    A beautiful Blue Merle female puppy.  AKC / ASCA registered from excellent breeding stock.

        Treasure: We are very pleased with how she is turning out.  She is extremely intelligent and agile, coming from performance/conformation stock.   We are constantly on the go with Treasure and are currently training and competing in Obedience, Rally Obedience, Conformation, and Agility.  We have also added herding to her weekly training schedule as she has gotten older.  She has the stamina to keep up with her day planner.  She seems to never be tired of working.  But don't be fooled, she also enjoys movie night and a snuggle up on the couch or a romp in the yard with Tucker.   I could not believe that I could get so Blessed twice.  She is just like Tucker, only smarter if that could be possible.  She is a great companion to Tucker and us as well.

Unexpectedly losing TuckerTHE BOY WHO MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS BREED ... is REMEMBERED DAILY, AND GREATLY MISSED!!!!! ... ONLY A SHORT LIFE, three YEARS LONG, IT WAS A TRUE PLEASURE TO HAVE KNOWN HIM.   Tucker, UNFORTUNATELY, LOST HIS LIFE BY A CAR HITTING HIM.   He never left the yard ever.  Except for this one day he saw some kids across the street and wanted to check it out. DESPITE OF ALL OF OUR PROTECTION, we lost him.  He was a good dog.

      

        The next step continues:

Given Treasure's incredible athletic ability, temperament, beauty, and structure, the next step was inevitable. A mate and companion for Treasure and The Sire for our Kennel.

So we began the long search for the perfect sire, which brought us to our third Aussie. ASCA CH Summertime's Buzz Lightyear.  He was selected for his magnificent pedigree, flashy style, and for his sweet as pie personality. We acquired him in October 2007.  He was 4 years old.


        Buzz a perfect mate and Treasure's companion is a lovely start to our kennel.

 

        Our breeding standards:  Our standards coincide with the AKC and  ASCA breed Standards for the Australian Shepherd dog. We strive to produce healthy, happy, well-socialized, versatile dogs.


HIDDEN TREASURE AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS KENNEL DOES NOT SUPPORT THE BREEDING OF "MINI" AUSSIES AND WILL NOT BREED OR SELL TO ANYONE WHO DOES. 

   WE SUPPORT QUALITY BREEDERS AND THE PROTECTION OF A QUALITY BREED DOG. 

 

Our goal is to educate people regarding how to handle their dogs in all aspects of their dog's life, focusing on commitment, care, and a consistent training program. 

We strive to achieve this through a quality breeding/training program.


The Australian Shepherd

Breed History

While there are many theories as to the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed as we know it today developed exclusively in the United States. The Australian Shepherd was given its name because of their association with the Basque sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia in the 1800's. The Aussie rose rapidly in popularity with the boom of western riding after World War II, becoming known to the general public via rodeos, horse shows, movies and television. Their inherent versatility and trainability made them useful on American farms and ranches. The American stockmen continued the development of the breed, maintaining the versatility, keen intelligence, strong herding instinct and eye-catching appearance.

Australian Shepherds have been registered by various registries since the early 1950's. In 1990, the United States Australian Shepherd Association was established as the parent club of the Australian Shepherd representing the breed to the American Kennel Club. On September 1, 1991, the AKC recognized the Australian Shepherd breed and on January 1, 1993, accepted them into the Herding Group.

Temperament

The Australian Shepherd are an intelligent, medium-sized dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. They are also delightful and loyal companions and great family dogs. They love to be part of the daily hustle and bustle, and enjoy riding in the vehicle just to be with their beloved master. As farm dogs, they diligently carry out their responsibilities, be it bringing in the stock or finding the stray one that got tangled in the brush. They are easily trained, easily housebroken, because they are intelligent and eager to please. 

Aussies have been used as seeing-eye dogs, as utility dogs to the physically handicapped, hearing aid dogs, police and narcotics dogs, and search and rescue dogs. In the northern areas they have also been used as sled dogs. Many go with their masters as volunteers to children's homes and nursing homes to do therapy work. Truly, the Australian Shepherd is a highly versatile dog.

“Aussies” (as they are lovingly nicknamed) are very active dogs that need a great deal of exercise on a daily basis to prevent them from becoming bored or frustrated and consequently developing destructive habits. Because of their high energy level, combined with high intelligence, Aussies need to be given a "job" to perform, be it shepherding the children, protecting the house, herding livestock or competing in dog events.

One of the most frequent reasons Aussies get turned over to rescue groups is that their owners didn't anticipate how energetic these dogs are and weren't willing or able to constructively channel that energy through training. Aussies want to be with their owners all the time, which is why they insist on following their owners from room to room in the house, and love nothing better than going along in the car or truck on errands. They can be highly territorial and protective of their masters' possessions, potentially causing serious difficulties unless this behavior is controlled with proper training.

Appearance 

The Australian Shepherd comes in four acceptable colors:

  1. black
  2. blue merle - a marbling of gray/silver and black, often creating a “blue” effect
  3. red - ranging from light cinnamon to liver
  4. red merle – a marbling of red and silver or buff

A variety of white and tan markings may appear on the face, chest, front and rear legs.

The outer coat is of moderate length, with a texture that is straight to wavy and weather resistant. The undercoat is soft and dense, and the amount varies with climate. Tails are either naturally bobbed or docked. Ears are moderately sized, and should break forward and over, or fall to the side as rose ears. Males weigh approximately 50 to 65 pounds, measuring from 20 to 23 inches, and females weigh about 40 to 55 pounds, measuring from 18 to 21 inches.

The eyes of the Australian Shepherd come in a wide variety of colors, making this one of the most notable features of the breed. They may be any color or combination of colors from glassy blue, amber, hazel, to all shades of brown. As a result Aussies can be encountered that have, for example, a blue eye and a brown eye. With the merles, it is not uncommon to see both eyes “marbled” with two different colors.


Black Tri Australian Shepherd

Black is one of the four basic coat colors of Aussies, frequently – but not necessarily - accompanied by white markings on the face, chest, legs, and under parts. Copper points are also commonly seen on the face and legs. So, black coated Aussies may be:

  • black and white with copper points – familiarly called “black tri” instead of the more formal black tricolor
  • black and white – known as “black bi” for black bicolor
  • solid black

Black Aussies usually have brown colored eyes, although they may occasionally have one or both eyes that are blue.


Blue Merle Australian Shepherd

Blue merle is a striking color which is made up of black spots of various sizes on a gray background. Sometimes the overall effect is to give the dog a “blue” look, hence the name “blue merle.” The shades of gray can range from light silver to dark smoke, and the black spots can be small specks to very large patches, creating a wide variety of interesting combinations. Blue merle Aussies may also have white markings on the face, chest, legs, and under parts. Copper points are also commonly seen on the face and legs. So this type of Aussie may be:

  • solid blue merle
  • blue merle and white
  • blue merle, white, and copper

Blue merle Aussies may have solid colored eyes, but frequently the eyes will be “marbled” or flecked with other colors. So a blue merle Aussie could have blue eyes marbled with brown, or vice versa. It could also have a blue eye and a brown eye. Blue eyes are much more common in the merles than in the solid color black and red Aussies.


Red Tri Australian Shepherd

Red tri Aussies can range in color from light cinnamon to dark liver, but overall have a light to dark “red” aspect. They may also have white markings on the face, chest, legs, and under parts. Copper points are also commonly seen on the face and legs. A “red” Aussie may be:

  • red and white with copper points – “red tri” as this is called, meaning red tricolor
  • red and white – “red bi” for red bicolor
  • solid red

Red Aussies usually have amber colored eyes, although they may occasionally have one or both eyes that are blue.


Red Merle Australian Shepherd

Red merle is a combination of red patches or spots - i.e. light cinnamon to dark liver color, on a background that can range from buff to silver. Just as the background color can vary, so can the color and size of the red areas. Spots can be small speckles to patches that cover large areas of the dog. Red merles may also have white markings on the face, chest, legs, and under parts. Copper points are also commonly seen on the face and legs. A red merle Aussie may be:

  • solid red merle
  • red merle and white
  • red merle, white, and copper

Red merle Aussies may have solid colored eyes, but frequently the eyes will be “marbled” or flecked with other colors. So a red merle Aussie could have blue eyes marbled with brown, or vice versa. It could also have a blue eye and a brown eye. Blue eyes are much more common in the merles than in the solid color black and red Aussies. 




Both Treasure and Buzz compete in AKC/ASCA Rally Obedience and Conformation.
AND Treasure does it all!!! -- Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility, Conformation, and Herding.

 

       We have added Three new females to our family that will be competing all areas of competition. 

 

     Roanie:  BLK TRI FEMALE  and  Sky: BLUE MERLE FEMALE, Now living in California on a beautiful 1600 acre ranch working with their new owners. 

       JAQUELYN'S  DOG Chuck: Who lives here at Hidden Treasure's  BLUE MERLE FEMALE. 

     Hutch: Black tri male who lives in Northern Washington with his owner and is co-owned by us and our future sire.

     Aurora: Our next generation of Hidden Treasure's Linage.

     Competing in every area of competition.

     Maximillion : Maxi   In training.

  HIDDEN TREASURE AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS also provides: 

                                    

Limited breeding program:         1 litter a year        
 
 
        

Dog training:                               PRIVATE AND GROUP LESSONS

Obedience, Rally Obedience, Conformation, and Agility

(Juniors 4 -H / AKC /ASCA / Adult classes - beginners through advanced)

                                                                                                                                               


Boarding and Grooming:            By appointment only       

                      

                                                                                                                                   


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