Description: The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent, active dog with an even disposition; he is good-natured, seldom quarrelsome. These dogs may be somewhat reserved in initial meetings with strangers. Australian Shepherds are intelligent dogs with very strong herding and guarding instincts. Dogs of this breed can try to dominate. These are agile dogs that have the stamina to work all day.
One distinguishing characteristic of the Australian Shepherd is its tail, which is usually a naturally bobbed tail or it may be docked. These dogs make loyal companions.
Height: 18 - 23 inches
Weight: 35 - 70 lbs.
Colors: Blue merle, black, red merle and all red with or without white
markings and/or tan points.
Coat: Double coat is medium length and straight to slightly wavy.
Temperament: Active, intelligent, responsive.
With Children: Yes, most make great family pets, but some lines have been
bred to be more aggressive.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Sheepdog.
Watch-dog: High, a passable watchdog
Guard-dog: Medium, they usually protect their people.
Care and Training: Minimal grooming of his coat is needed and only bathe him
when necessary. Special attention to his coat after an outing to remove
burrs and foxtails. Daily exercise is a must to help maintain good muscle
tone. Obedience training come easy to him and he should receive this
Learning Rate: High
Living Environment: Rural or semi-rural with lots of outdoor activities such
as herding livestock, flyball and obedience trials.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, eye problems such as juvenile cataracts and
Life Span: 14 - 16 Years
Litter Size: 5 - 8
Country of Origin: USA
History: He does not come from Australian as he names suggest. He was
developed in the US to work as a herding dog on ranches. It is said that in
1875 Baxque sheep herders began to migrate to the United States bringing
their sheep dogs with them. At that time the breed developed into the
Australian Shepherd. He was recognized by the Canadian and Mexican Kennel
Clubs in 1976, and by the United Kennel Club in 1979, but he did not become
part of the AKC until 1991 when he was admitted to the Miscellaneous class