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Australian Shepherd

Despite his name, the Australian Shepherd developed in the Pyrenees Mountains. This intelligent, active and good-natured breed is a skilled livestock herder and all-purpose farm and ranch dog. Aussies can be reserved with strangers but are true people dogs that want to be near their family. The breed requires daily vigorous exercise and a sense of purpose. The Aussie’s thick, weather-resistant coat requires weekly brushing.
Living Considerations
  • Good with children
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Suitable for apartment living
Did you know?
The Australian Shepherd derived his name from his association with the Basque Shepherd Dogs that came to the U.S. from Australia in the 1800s. As Australian Shepherds age, their colouring darkens and becomes more “pure”.
Also Known As:
Little Blue Dog
Australian Shepherd
  • Size Medium
  • Height Males - 50 to 59 centimetres at the shoulders
    Females - 45 to 54 centimetres at the shoulders
  • Weight 15 to 32 kilograms
  • Coat Medium
  • Energy High
  • Colour Black, red, or blue or red merle
  • Activities Agility, Herding, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Tracking
  • Indoor/Outdoor Both