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Group: Herding Group
Purpose of Breed: Originally used to herd sheep
Country of Origin: Australia, 1800s
Average Size: 27-50 lbs. and 18-23 inches tall
Color(s): Blue merle, black, red merle, or red-all with or without markings. Coats can contain tan or colored patches. According to American Kennel Club breed standards, white is acceptable except on the body between the withers and tail, on sides between elbow and back hindquarters.
Coat Type: The Aussie's weather-resistant double coat has a medium texture, straight or wavy and of medium length except for the shorter coat on the head, ears, and parts of the legs.
Grooming: this breed's coat requires minimal grooming. This breed requires standard care for eyes, ears, pads and nails.
Exercise Needs: Australian Shepherd dogs need plenty of exercise to fulfill their instinct to chase and herd. They do well in houses with fenced yards.
Temperament: The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent, affectionate, even-tempered dog that is clever and eager to learn. They may be initially reserved when meeting strangers and make excellent dogs for children.
Common Ailments: Susceptible to hip dysplasia, blindness and deafness.
Life Expectancy: Averages 12-15 years
Trivia: Despite its name, this breed was developed mainly in the USA. Its original ancestry can be traced back to the Basque region of France and Spain. The breed's popularity increased significantly with Western culture and horse-riding after WWII, when they were often features in rodeos, horse shows on TV and in the movies.
More Information: United States Australian Shepherd Association
This is a page about Australian Shepherd photos. Aussies are a high-energy breed that thrives as a working dog. They are very intelligent dogs, that enjoy being in a home that is active and can keep up with their energy level. Here are some wonderful photos that our TF members have shared.