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Australian Shepherd


Overview

Aussies were actually first bred in Western United States, to work and help on ranches. Their history as an outdoor worker makes them extremely energetic, and they especially love to learn tricks, and other activity that stimulates their minds and bodies. Their intelligence, versatility and high energy makes them popular among people who want them as working dogs, or on the trail.

Adult Size

  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Excessively

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Needs a Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Herding Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Wavy Coat

Colors

  • Black
  • Blue Merle
  • Red
  • Red Merle

Drools

  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 17-20″
  • 21-23″

Full Grown Weight

  • 41-45lbs
  • 46-50lbs
  • 51-55lbs
  • 56-60lbs
  • 61-65lbs

General Health

  • Not a Very Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Great With Kids
  • Very Good With Kids

Grooming

  • Doesn’t Require Grooming
  • Requires Occasional Brushing

Intelligence

  • Genius
  • Smart
  • Very Intelligent

Personality

  • Affectionate
  • Very Affectionate

Playfulness

  • Playful
  • Very Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Optional)
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (Optional) Optigen test – OFA
  • Elbow Dysplasia – OFA Evaluation
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • Multiple Drug Sensitivity (Optional) WSU Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Lab – OFA

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 12 years
  • 13 years
  • 14 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train
  • Very Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately