Australian Shepherd Alternate Names
Common nicknames: Aussie
Australian Shepherd Appearance
Body: Well-balanced and medium sized with a deep chest
Coat: Medium texture, slightly wavy and weather-resistant
Color: Blue merle, red merle, both with or without white marking
Ears: Moderately sized and triangular-shaped
Feet: Oval and compact with well-arched toes and thick pads
Head: Flat to slightly domed skull
Legs: Straight and strong, hind legs are well-feathered
Neck: Strong and slightly arched
Height is 18 – 23 inches (46 – 58cm)
Weight is 35 – 70 pounds (16 – 32kg)
Tail: Natural bobtail or cropped
Australian Shepherd Behavior
Recommended for experienced owners
Good with children
Adaptable to most any climate
The Australian Shepherd is affectionate and faithful with a good-natured and loving personality. They have a sweet disposition and a love for dog sports – at which they excel.
Aussies are highly energetic and tireless workers. They are a working dog and do best if they have a job to do. Many Aussies work at dog day care centers and dog socials helping to keep a watchful eye for problems among the canine guests.
They have very strong instincts for herding and guarding and will often herd children and even adults – viewing them as their flock.
Luna spends her days at the Canine Country Day School (owned and operated by her mom – Brenda Stoeke). She lends a hand in keeping control over the 20-30 dogs attending on any given day. Her speed and agility outpace the other breeds and her instincts for herding are well exercised and many times very difficult. Herding a flock of sheep is not the same as trying to control 20 to 30 dogs of varying breeds.
Her love for work and to be with her owner recently led to her temporary disappearance. She new mom wasn’t home and thought she had left for work without her. So, Luna decided to get to work the hard way – by walking. After scaring those who found her missing, she was finally found by Woodland Gardens, in Manchester.
As Aussies excel at sports, Luna excels at freestyle dancing with Brenda. Freestyle is where the owner dances with their dog by doing any kind of freestyle movement such as rolling over or moving across the floor together. A fun time for both dog and owner.
Australian Shepherd Breed Type
AKC Group: Herding Group
Originally bred to herd and guard stock.
Australian Shepherd Care and Grooming
Exercise: Requires a great deal of exercise and mental stimulation.
Grooming: Weekly grooming is best. Daily grooming may be necessary during shedding season.
Australian Shepherd Health
Life Expectancy: 12 – 13 Years.
Collie eye anomaly
PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Australian Shepherd Country of Origin
Australia – although it’s name indicates otherwise, the Australian Shepherd was developed in the United States in the 19th century.
Some research indicates the breed may have originated in the Basque region near the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France.