Routine care: They are very smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.
Grooming: Very easy to groom, just run a brush through their coat once in a while. Their weather resistant coat needs its natural oils, so don't over-bathe them.
Dental: Australian Shepherds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Give Australian Shepherds a problem and they will solve it. They are smart and energetic hard workers.
- Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
- Agile, sturdy, and muscular
- An excellent companion, family, or working dog
- Above average intelligence and train-ability when positive reinforcement training methods are used
- Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions
- Has a tendency to herd, including small children
- Coat requires regular brushing and grooming
- Suspicious of strangers
Whether you are considering adding a new Australian Shepherd to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Australian Shepherd will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Australian Shepherd you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues an Australian Shepherd may encounter:
The Australian Shepherd was developed in California during the 1900's. Aussies excel at watching large herds, and can work for as long as you ask. They are highly intelligent and trainable and are well-suited as guide dogs, exercise companions or as the family pet. They also excel at agility and obedience sports. They are loyal, good with children, and have sound temperaments. Aussies are best suited for families with an active lifestyle and a large fenced yard. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom. They can weigh between 35 and 70 pounds and have a life span of 12-13 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Australian Shepherd shows signs of the following:
Lethargy, drooling, or abnormal behavior following drug administration
General reluctance to run or play
Increasing hip pain at less than a year old
Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss
Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse
Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
Cloudiness to eye lens
Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
Small blood vessels extending onto the clear cornea