Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

This alert dog is smart and very responsive. It needs daily exercise and may be protective. It may try to herd children and other animals.

Breed Overview

Unlike its name, this Australian sheep herder actually originates in the Unites States. Originating in the 1800s, they did come to America by way of Australia, and are not considered an Australian breed. These herders are confident, loving, intelligent, responsive, agile, and hard working. If not provided with a good amount of exercise, this stamina-rich dog may be difficult to live with. They need exercise to remain calm and content while indoors. This loyal and obedient companion is a bit reserved with strangers but is very protective and an excellent watchdog for its owners. Naturally being a herder, it may try to herd children when playing, and may even nip when trying to herd. They make great companions for singles, families, ranchers, and those who enjoy the outdoors. These dogs require coat brushing one to two times per week.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
 
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
 
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
 
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
 
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate
 

Breed Details & Traits

Height: Male: 20-23"; Female: 18-21"
Weight: Male: 50-65 lb; Female: 40-55 lb
Lifespan: 12-15 years

Breed Traits

Bold, Confident, Independent,

Australian Shepherd

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