•  President ~ Richard W. Pittman
•  Vice President ~ Allison Fender
•  Treasurer ~ Dayle Moden
•  Secretary ~ Karen Russell
•  Affiliate Rep ~ Kandi Nack
•  Board Members ~ Lynn Hamon, Wendy Finsterwald
•  Show Coordinators ~ Dee Saron, Lynn Hamon, Richard W. Pittman
•  Merit Chair ~ Richard W. Pittman

In 1975 Australian Shepherd Club of San Diego County (ASCSDC) became an
affiliate club of the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA). ASCSDC held it's
first sanctioned conformation and obedience show the same year in Escondido, California.
ASCSDC proudly hosts eight sanctioned conformation shows, eighteen Agility trials and
two Tracking Trials a year. We have approximately twelve members active
 in all areas of competition or therapy work with service dogs.
In 1981 a merit program was started, recognizing and honoring the achievements
of our  members and their dogs. We offer performance class awards for Aussie and
Non- Aussie competitors. Adults and juniors are awarded in all areas
of competition at our annual banquet
Our main goal is preserving the integrity of the Australian Shepherd. We do this through
education. We offer educational talks with a variety of guest speakers. We give
handling clinics covering all areas of dog related activities. Also, we participate
in community awareness programs. The club takes great pride in our junior handlers.
We feel it is our responsibility to educate and support our junior membership.
After all, the juniors today are the future of the Australian Shepherd.
Australian Shepherds are known for their outstanding herding qualities, but they are also excellent companions. Although it is not one of the cheapest breeds, it also can't be called the most expensive one. The average cost of a puppy is about $800. We recommend purchasing Australian Shepherds from a reputable breeder to ensure your dog's physical and mental health.
The first year of maintenance is the most expensive one due to vaccinations, microchipping, checkups, spaying, neutering, and vital setup costs. On average, it will cost you about $2,500 to keep an Australian Shepherd for the first year. Often, new owners consider some pet financing because of the financial burden they were not prepared for. However, after the first year, the cost of keeping a dog will decline. On average, food and treats, training, pet insurance, medication, grooming, and other mandatory expenses cost about $1,550 per year or about $130 per month.
Before you get an Australian Shepherd, you should also evaluate how this dog fits your lifestyle. The Australian Shepherd requires a lot of physical activity. However, this dog will become your faithful companion for years if you devote proper time to education, training, and care.

Are you thinking of getting an Australian shepherd, but you're afraid it's too expensive? We break down the costs for you. Read on.