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Australian Shepherds


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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Australian Shepherd

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Average Height & Weight

The Australian Shepherd is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 20 to 23 inches.

Weight: 50 to 65 pounds.

Females – Height: 18 to 21 inches.

Weight: 40 to 55 pounds.

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Australian Shepherd


Typical Coloring

Australian Shepherds are commonly black, blue merle, red merle and red. They sometimes have white markings.





Australian Shepherds are loving, confident and independent dogs. They excel at hard work, and they are very intelligent. They are naturally protective of their owners, and when properly trained they are obedient and extremely loyal.




Activity Level

Australian Shepherds are a high-energy breed with high exercise requirements. They require a brisk daily workout, such as a long walk or run, as well as some type of mental stimulation. If Australian Shepherds are not challenged in this way each day, they can become surly and difficult.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Australian Shepherds include cataracts and Collie eye anomaly. Canine hip dysplasia, nasal solar dermatitis, Pelger-Huet syndrome and iris coloboma are less common but still occur within the breed, while lumbar sacral syndrome, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, Von Willebrand Disease, distichiasis and patent ductus arteriosis are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Australian Shepherds have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Australian Shepherd


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Though they make good family pets, Australian Shepherds should be monitored around small children, as they may try to herd or nip at them. They may do the same with other dogs and household pets, especially smaller ones.




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