- AKC recognized in 1991
- Lifespan: 13-15 years
- Size: medium
- Energy: high
- Recommended Crate Size: 42” dog crate*
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The Australian Shepherd, also known as the Aussie, is a medium-size dog that was bred in the Western United States. Even though the name contains Australian, they were not originally bred in Australia. This dog is valued for their "trainability" and versatility as stock and herding dogs. They have intelligence, endurance, speed, and athleticism.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Australian Shepherd in 1991. These energetic dogs are known as purebred and considered a part of the herding category. This dog has a great amount of intelligence and does a great job as a police or rescue dog. You can also teach the Aussie to help you do chores such as picking up dirty laundry and bring it to you! His ancestry as a working dog indeed makes him as a loyal companion that is very protective to the family.
This Australian Shepherd is a lively and alert dog with a relatively shorter body. He is a medium size dog with a bob tail, pendant ears, and medium length coat. For top marks, the Aussie should have a deep chest and stand squarely. The top of the head has the same length as its muzzle.
The medium oval size eyes come in various colors such as amber, blue, and brown. The ears set high on top of the head in an erect triangular shape. The coat is medium length and also comes in various colors including red and black, tri-color, blue, or red merle. This breed can have wavy or straight hair, but typically has feathering on the back of the legs and boast a mane on its neck side.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium–sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian or breeder to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure the health and lifespan. It is also important to provide fresh and clean water every day.
Aussie Shepherd sheds year-round and heavily so twice a year during seasonal changes. To control the shedding intensity and prevent mats forming on its coat; it is important to brush weekly all year with more frequency during the heavier shed periods.
This dog is considered a clean breed by nature; therefore, an occasional bath is a good choice when your pet is dirty or starts to emit odors. Regular checking on their ears, teeth, and ensure regular nail trimming as the part of grooming to promote his optimal health and appearance.
This dog indeed requires lots of physical exercise and activity since the Australian Shepherd is originally bred for working. They thrive on learning new activities and tasks. For specific exercises, you can take them for a walk or jog, or play games such as catch and fetch a Frisbee or other objects. A lack of sufficient exercise and activity will make this breed, as with most, bored and lead to more destructive behaviors.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 42” dog crates* for most adult Australian Shepherds.
* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.
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