Australian Shepherd Dog Dog Breed Information


Australian Shepherd Dog Quick Facts
Australian Shepherd Dog
Breed Group: Herding
Origen: United States of America
Nickname: Aussie Shepherd or little blue dog
Weight: 40-65 lbs
Height: 18-23 inches
Color(s): blue merle, black, red merle, or red, all with or without white markings and/or tan points


Australian Shepherd Dog Appearance

The Australian Shepherd is a medium size, athletic breed, with a keen expression. They are very alert and intelligent dog with strong herding and guardian instincts. The Australian Shepherd is slightly longer than tall. Their eyes are oval in shape and medium in size. Eye colors include brown, blue, hazel, amber or any combination including flecks and marbling. The ears are high set and triangular shaped. A hallmark of the breed is a long bobbed or docked tail.

The Australian Shepherd has a double coat that is weather resistant. The outer coat is medium texture and straight to wavy. The most common colors are blue merle, black, red merle, or red, all with or without white markings and/or tan points. The weight of the Australian Shepherd is around 40-65 pounds and the height is around 18-23 inches.

Australian Shepherd Dog Temperament

The Australian Shepherd is a very active dog that needs a great deal of mental and physical exercise on a daily basis to prevent him from become bored or frustrated and developing destructive habits. They had a muscular and powerful body that is able to change directions or speed instantly. They could be work all day without signs of getting tired. Because of their high energy level, combined with high intelligence, they need to have a job to do to be happy. The Australian Shepherd is excellent with children, dogs and household pets. They are devoted, loyal friend, naturally protective, eager to please and excellent family companion.

Is Australian Shepherd Dog the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Australian Shepherd is not recommended for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. You will need a fence to keep them safe. They are able to live outside in temperate climates but is best when its time is combining between inside and outside to allow spend some quality time with its family. The Australian Shepherd require a minimum of 2-3 hours a day of play, exercise, and attention and will fit in well with an active person or family. They are highly trainable, versatile, and quick learners. They usually love to play ball and Frisbee, and many of them enjoy swimming. They are reserved with strangers and inclined to bark as a warning, but it is not an obsessively barking dog.

Australian Shepherd Dog Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Australian Shepherd is around 10-12 years.

Australian Shepherd Dog Health problems

The Australian Shepherd is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are cataracts, epilepsy and CEA (Collie eye abnormality).They can also be prone to CHD (Canine hip dysplasia), nasal solar dermatitis, back, hip, and vision problems.

Australian Shepherd Dog Care and Grooming

Caring for the Australian Shepherd coat is not difficult to groom. This breed needs brushing or combing one or two times a week and most frequently during shedding seasons to remove dead hair. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

Australian Shepherd Dog Shedding

The Australian Shepherd is an average shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.