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Size: Medium - large
46 – 58 cm (18 – 23 inches)
Weight: 9 – 14 kg (20 – 30 lb)
Life Span: 12 years
Energetic & even-tempered
Country of Origin:
United States
AKC Group:

australian shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is intelligent, astute, alert, tough and loyal. Australian Shepherds have tremendous stamina and energy and bond closely to their family. They can be shy with strangers, but tend to tolerate children and other pets well, if they are socialised at a young age. Australian Shepherds are easy to train as they are eager to please and are quick learners. The Australian Shepherd is naturally protective and makes a gentle and easy-going companion.
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Australian Shepherds need occasional grooming is when the coat is moulting to remove the dead hairs from the under-layer.

Australian Shepherds require a decent amount of exercise and need to be occupied. These dogs are ideal for various dog sports such as agility trials or fly-ball.

It is believed that the progenitors of the Australian Shepherd arrived in Australia with sheep brought out with the early settlers. It is safe to presume they carry similar lines to the Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog and the Border Collie. After the 1840 Australian Gold rushes, many gold diggers took off for the Californian gold fields and with them went sheep and their sheepdogs. Thus it was in America that the Australian Shepherd evolved and a resultant breed standard approved.

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Muscular, athletic and friendly.
Color: Black, red, blue or red merle with or without white markings and/or tan points.
Coat: Medium to long hair that is either straight or wavy, with a dense undercoat.
Tail: Can be docked or remains naturally short.
Ears: Semi-pricked or rose-shaped.
Body: Strong, level back slightly sloping towards the tail. They are slightly longer than tall.

Additional Comments:

  • The Australian Shepherd makes a great family pet, so long as the exercise demands can be met.
  • Some Australian Shepherds like to nip people's heals, with their natural herding instincts.
 Australian Shepherd Picture Gallery 1
Australian ShepherdAiredale Terrier with Australian ShepherdAustralian Shepherd Doing AgilityBlue Merle Australian Shepherd - Head Shot
Australian Shepherd PuppyAustralian Shepherd Puppy SleepingAustralian Shepherd Puppy Lying DownAustralian Shepherd Lying in Snow
Group of Australian ShepherdsAustralian Shepherd Puppy Sitting on GrassAustralian Shepherd - Close-UpAustralian Shepherd Puppy Profile
Australian Shepherd Puppy PortraitRed Merle Australian Shepherd Rolling on GrassAustralian Shepherd - Head ShotRed Merle Australian Shepherd
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