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Australian Shepherd

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Dog Breeds

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Description: The Australian Shepherd, the cowboy’s herding dog of choice, is a medium-sized worker with a keen, penetrating gaze in the eye. Aussie coats offer different looks, including merle (a mottled pattern with contrasting shades of blue or red). Aussies exhibit an irresistible impulse to herd, anything: birds, dogs, kids. This strong work drive can make Aussies too much dog for a sedentary pet owner. Aussies are remarkably intelligent, quite capable of hoodwinking an unsuspecting novice owner.

Hypoallergenic: No

Lifespan: 13 – 15 years

Temperament: Good-natured, Affectionate, Intelligent, Protective, Active

Color: Merle, Red Merle, Black, Red tricolor, Black tricolor

Weight: Male: 55–70 lbs, Female: 35–55 lbs

Height: Male: 20–23 inches, Female: 18–21 inches

History: The Australian Shepherd is descended from a line of Europe’s finest herders.The Aussie’s world tour began in Europe, near the Pyrenees Mountains. In the early 1800s, Australia’s Anglo emigres began a push into the continent’s vast interior in search of rich pastureland for cattle ranching.


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Fun Facts: The Australian Shepherd is not registered in Australia as a native breed. The Australian Shepherd's popularity increased a lot with western culture and horse-riding after WWII. They have a nickname of Aussie.

AKC Group: Herder.

Australian Shepherd


Comments (2)

maxwellk said

at 12:11 pm on Apr 25, 2018

What does it mean that a dog has a merle coat?

cassies said

at 12:14 pm on Apr 25, 2018

What do you mean hoodwinking?

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