All About Australian Shepherds
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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.
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.
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.
- Australian Shepherds have double coats, and the outercoat can be straight or wavy. The fur is weather-resistant.
- They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed, requiring a brush at least once a week.
- These dogs are a bit longer than they are tall, and their bodies are very muscular.
12 to 15 years
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.
Australian Shepherds have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
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.
- Surprise: Australian Shepherds did not hail from Australia originally, though they did come to America from Australia in the 1800s. Their roots are actually in Europe.
- Though they are often referred to as sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds are actually better at herding cattle than sheep.
- During the 1950s a group of Australian Shepherds owned by Jay Sisler gained fame in the U.S. for their ability to perform tricks, and they were featured in rodeos and films.