Australian Shepherd Dog Breed Summary
Spritely, Independent, Active and Energised
These dogs surprisingly come from Spain as opposed to Australia. They eventually made their way over to America where they were developed into the breed that we see today! Nowadays, they are still a popular choice of working dog and pet in the States.
They have very high intelligence and have fantastic temperaments, which is one of the reasons that they make such good companions. However, they're not the best breed for first-time owners as they are very high energy and need to be handled and trained by someone who has knowledge and experience of the breed.
Fun Fact: These dogs have naturally bobbed tails!
|Kennel Club Group||Herding|
|Lifespan||13 - 15 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 20in - 23in, Females 18in - 21in|
|Weight||Males 50lb - 65lb, Females 40lb - 55lb|
|Coat||Coats are Medium in Length Which can be Either Slightly Wavy or Straight. Coats are also Extremely Weather-Resistant With a Dense Undercoat|
|Color||Black, Black Tricolor, Black with Copper Trim, Black with White Trim, Blue Merle, Blue Merle White & Copper Trim, Blue Merle with Copper Trim, Blue Merle with White, Red, Red Merle, Red Merle White & Copper Trim, Red Merle with Copper Trim, Red Merle with White Trim, Red Tricolor, Red with Copper Trim, Red with White Trim|
|Eye color||Amber, Blue or Brown|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Pelger Huet Anomaly, Cobolamin Malasorption, Hereditary Cataracts, Iris Coloboma, Detached Retina, Persistent Papillary Membrane (ppm), Distichiasis, Epilepsy, Multi Drug Resistance (MDR1), Cancer, Allergies|
|Other Names||Aussie, Little Blue Dog|
These dogs are most happy when there is a job to do, and therefore will benefit most from a family who have similar interests in sports or activities, where their doggo's can get involved. They are also fierce protectors of their families and will do everything they can to defend you, making them fairly wary of new people and strangers. They are also moderately independent dogs, who are ‘used to being in charge’ of their own flocks, so if you want an obeying dog, this may not be the breed for you! If left with nothing to do, these pups can often become destructive, bored and loud or even invent their own jobs, that may not be to the wants of the owners… However, you can teach this breed to help with chores around the house, such as picking up litter or clothing, perhaps a tidier alternative to children!
These spritely dogs actually descend from the USA, not Australia, and were first introduced around the time of the Gold Rush in the 1840s. In fact, they are really named after the Australian sheep that they herded and that were originally imported from Australia around a similar time. The Australian Shepherd Dogs, or ‘Aussies’ as they are referred to, were originally bred to herd livestock and even to this day, some Aussies continue to work as herders. It is thought that their ancestors could include Collies and other Shepherd dogs. When these pups aren’t busy herding sheep, they can often be seen competing in competition categories, such as agility and flyball.