Australian Shepherd
Australian Shepherd
Size
Medium
Height
Males - 20 to 23 inches at the shouldersFemales - 18 to 21 inches at the shoulders
Weight
35 to 70 lbs.
Coat
Medium
Color
Black, red, or blue or red merle
Energy
High
Activities
Agility, Herding, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Tracking

Despite his name, the Australian Shepherd developed in the Pyrenees Mountains. This intelligent, active and good-natured breed is a skilled livestock herder and all-purpose farm and ranch dog. Aussies can be reserved with strangers but are true people dogs that want to be near their family. The breed requires daily vigorous exercise and a sense of purpose. The Aussie’s thick, weather-resistant coat requires weekly brushing.

Did you know?

The Australian Shepherd derived his name from his association with the Basque Shepherd Dogs that came to the U.S. from Australia in the 1800s. As Australian Shepherds age, their coloring darkens and becomes more “pure.”

Training Australian Shepherds

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