Australian Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Australian Shepherd so you can get to know the breed more.
|Group||Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)|
Other Names |
What other names does the Australian Shepherd have? The dog breed also known as...
|Aussie, Little Blue Dog|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is Australian Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed.|
FCI Group |
Is Australian Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.|
Breed Recognition |
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Australian Shepherd breed?
|American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.North American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubAustralian Shepherd Club Of America|
How much does the Australian Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Australian Shepherd price:
If you choose to purchase the Australian Shepherd, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Australian Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Australian Shepherd gets to a happy place.
The Australian Shepherd, contrary to popular belief, is not indigenous in Australia. The breed finds its origins in the United States of America dating back to the early 1800s. The breed is thought to be developed first in the State of Colorado around the time of the Gold Rush.
There are many existing theories about the breed’s exact breeding process. The most likely is that the Australian Shepherd is descended from a long line of European herding breeds, brought to the United States by immigrants. It is widely believed that the Collie, the Border Collie, the Pyrenean Shepherd, and other shepherd types of dogs contributed to the Aussie’s early development. During the 1840s, there were many Australian shipments arriving in the United States, bringing flocks of sheep. The ranchers and farmers working with these sheep saw the abilities of the Aussie and started to put more emphasis on enhancing their herding ability. Consequently, this is where the breed got its name after. The Aussies were developed surrounded by harsh climate conditions, which changed frequently and by high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains, which made the dogs very athletic. The breed has always been a well-esteemed and favored farm dog, in the central parts of the United States, for their obedience and extraordinary herding capabilities which applied to a wide range of livestock. The Aussie’s innate intelligence to herd sheep, cattle, and farmed rabbits with equal efficiency and skill.
The Australian Shepherd gained immense popularity among both the farmers and ranchers, but among others too. They enjoyed their popularity boom during the Second World War, which went hand-in-hand with a renewed interest in Western-style horseback riding. The dogs were showcased on rodeo and horse shows where the audiences of western movies and TV shows were astonished by the breed’s athletic yet elegant physical appearance. Moreover, the crowds were wowed by the Aussie’s remarkable intelligence, and by the way how smoothly the dogs could work alongside the farmers and the horses. After their well-established working role and its popularity in the entertainment industry from rodeos and riding appearances in Hollywood blockbusters, the breed got in the eye of the general public. Thanks to the breed’s appearance on the screen, many famous people got Australian Shepherds as pets, including Stephen Spielberg, who became fond of the breed, after working with one in a film.
Despite the huge public interest, the major kennel clubs registered this pure-bred breed relatively late, in the 1990s. The AKC (American Kennel Club) only recognized the Australian shepherd in 1993 in their Herding Group. Nowadays, the breed is still very popular, it is currently ranking 16th among the AKC members. The Aussie’s work today mostly concludes agility, hiking and simply being a family companion. Nevertheless, thanks to the breed’s versatile nature, and intelligence, many Australian Shepherds are being employed as drug detectors, therapy dogs for children and the elderly, rescue dogs, service dogs, search-and-rescue dogs.
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What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Australian Shepherd size:
How much does the Australian Shepherd weigh? Australian Shepherd weight:
|Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the Australian Shepherd? Australian Shepherd average weight:
|Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)|
How tall is the Australian Shepherd? Australian Shepherd height:
|Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Australian Shepherd average height:
|Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm)|
What type of coat does the Australian Shepherd have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Australian Shepherd's coat?
How to groom the Australian Shepherd and how often?
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Australian Shepherd, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level |
How much do Australian Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Aussie? Australian Shepherd shedding level:
Australian Shepherds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
What kind of personality does the Australian Shepherd have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Australian Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Are Australian Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
How playful is this breed?
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Australian Shepherd sensitivity:
Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they?
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Aussie need? Australian Shepherd social needs:
Australian Shepherds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Australian Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Why does my Little Blue Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Australian Shepherd good as a watchdog?
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Australian Shepherd dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Do Australian Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Australian Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Australian Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential |
Do Australian Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Aussie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Australian Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Australian Shepherd do?
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Australian Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Australian Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Australian Shepherd roam?
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Australian Shepherd have high prey drive?
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Australian Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Australian Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Australian Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Australian Shepherds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog |
Where Australian Shepherd dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they friendly with strangers?
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly |
Are Australian Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Australian Shepherd and children:
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Australian Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Australian Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly |
Are Australian Shepherds good office dogs? Do Australian Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can Australian Shepherds be office dogs?
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Australian Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Aussie temperament with senior people? Are Australian Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Australian Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Australian Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Australian Shepherd be a service dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Australian Shepherd be a therapy dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Australian Shepherd be a sniffer dog?
|Not really |
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Australian Shepherd be a search and rescue dog?
|Not really |
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Australian Shepherd be a boat dog?
|Not really |
Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Australian Shepherd be a drafting dog?
|Not really |
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy breed? Do Australian Shepherd dogs have health problems?
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems |
What health problems does the Australian Shepherd breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Australian Shepherd breed? Health risks of Australian Shepherd:
|AllergiesCancerCataractsCollie Eye AnomalyDeafnessDetached RetinaDistichiasisDrug SensitivityElbow DysplasiaEpilepsyHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismNasal Solar DermatitisOsteochondrosis DissecansPersistent Pupillary MembranesProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)|
Life Expectancy |
How long do Australian Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Australian Shepherd be?
Is the Australian Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
Australian Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Australian Shepherd have?
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need |
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Australian Shepherd dogs require per day?
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption |
How much food does the Australian Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Australian Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Australian Shepherd's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Australian Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Prefers average to cold weather conditions|
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency |
Does the Australian Shepherd drool?
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Australian Shepherd could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Australian Shepherd. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Australian Shepherd pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Australian Shepherd pregnancy time period:
Reproductive cycle of the female Australian Shepherd: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
|How often can the Australian Shepherd have a litter?||Once a year.|
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Australian Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
|6-9 puppies, average 7|
Pros & Cons of Australian Shepherd
- Intelligent Rank: Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
- Trainability: Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
- Drooling tendency: The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
- Watchdog Ability: Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
- Adaptability: Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
- Child Friendly: Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
- Hypoallergenic: Australian Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
- Mouthiness: Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Australian Shepherds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
- Office Friendly: Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Good For First Time Owners: Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
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