The Aussie Grin

       
"SMILE FOR THE CAMERA!"

     I wanted to have a little space to explain a trait common in some lines of Aussies.   It's often called "grinning", where a dog shows it's teeth, sometimes just front ones and sometimes all of them in an open mouthed grin. To the uninformed, this may look like a sign of aggression, but it's quite the opposite.  It's a sign of appeasement!  A dog will grin if it senses you are being angry, or if the dog is unsure or stressed, to try to calm you down.  It's a calming signal they will use with each other too, but more often with people.  

      Many other Aussies who do grin do it when they are excited and greeting their people or guests.  I just want to make sure anyone who may encounter this trait sees it for what it is and doesn't mistakenly assume the dog is being aggressive. Some Aussies grin so hard they sneeze, and they often wiggle their whole bodies and make silly noises as they do their best grin.  I'll add photos of it as I can. 

   To those of us who know and love the breed, the grin is just one of the many totally endearing traits!  The photos below show a grin with a closed mouth, and a more open mouthed grin. They are adorable!

   

    Here is an example of a grin                           red tri boy grinning

 

 

     In the series below this female is doing some great grins.  She gets going so hard she makes herself sneeze.  She's one of the funniest, grinning-est Aussies I know. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This is 4 month old pup, daughter of the red tri above. She is doing an adorable open mouthed grin as she jumps for joy.  She has been grinning since she was barely 8 weeks old. She grins so hard she sneezes.

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Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice!
    Philippians 4:4

 

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