Pets Dog Breeds Database: Australian Shepherd

Breed: Australian Shepherd

Country of Origin: United States

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia can run in some family lines. A test exists. Asks your breeder for health verification of both parents. Epilepsy is a serious disease of this breed.

Lifespan
10 - 15 years

Temperament
Friendly
Mischevious

Working Dog?
Herding

Size
Medium

Weight
50 - 100 pounds
25 - 50 pounds

Colour
Other: Colors are black tri color, red tri color, blue merle (combo of black tri and merle colors) and red merle (combo of red tri and merle colors)

Coat
Long Hair

Grooming
Medium Maintenance

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Posted by BlissfulGarden on Mar 8, 2010 11:20 PM CST:
Australian shepherds are energetic dogs with strong herding and guarding instincts. Though they are often reserved with strangers, they are devoted to their families, always wanting to be near them. Aussies are animated, adaptable, and extremely agile. They live for their "job" so they do best in families where they are provided with a lot of activity and a sense of purpose. The breed is highly intelligent and versatile, doing well in competition for agility, obedience and herding. Their coats can be black, blue merle, red merle and red with or without white markings.

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