Australian Shepherd Facts and Personality Traits

All you need to know about the Australian Shepherd Dog Breeds. A complete profile on the breed information, history, personality, adaptability, food, and care, etc.,

Dog Breed Group

Herding Dogs

 

Height:

18 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder

 

Weight:

40 to 65 pounds

 

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

 

Origin:

America

Friendliness

Overall 80%
Affectionate With Family
100%
Affectionate with Kids
80%
Affectionate with other Dogs
100%
Affectionate with Strangers
60%

Adaptability​

Overall 60%
Tolerates Being Alone
40%
Tolerates Cold Weather
80%
Tolerates Hot Weather
80%
First Time Owners
40%
For Apartment Living
20%
Sensitivity Level
100%

Health And Grooming

Overall 20%
General Health
40%
Potential For Weight Gain
80%
Breed Size
60%
Shedding Amount
60%
Easy To Groom
20%
Drooling Amount
20%

Trainability

Overall 100%
Easy To Train
100%
Intelligence Level
100%
Level of Prey Drive
80%
Potential For Mouthiness
80%
Barking & Howling Level
80%
Wanderlust Potential
100%

Physical Needs

Overall 100%
Energy Level
100%
Exercise Needs
100%
Intensity Level
80%
Potential For Playfulness
100%

Overview of the Australian Shepherd Dog Breed:

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Australian shepherds are smart and versatile dog breeds. Their energy levels are quite fascinating and delightful to be around them. They are fun-loving dog breeds who could be your absolute companion. They are good at sports with their strong agility. They are good working dogs who could accomplish all the tasks without taking much effort.

History of the Australian Shepherd Dog Breed:

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Though it is prefixed as Australian, they are purebreds from the United States. They were primarily bred for herding the livestock in the Western United States. The dog’s identical forefathers from where it was bred are still unknown. Some theories suggest that it has been descended from the Collie and shepherd like dogs which were brought to the US from Australia.

Personality of the Australian Shepherd Dog Breed:

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The Australian Shepherd dogs are generally showing a good temperament. They are very active and good-natured. This dog breed is known for the affectionate towards their owners. They love being around their loved ones. The intelligence levels of the Australian Shepherds are undoubtfully good enough to guard the entire family.

Feeding (Diet and Nutrition):

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The Australian Shepherds take 1.5 to 2.5 cups of nutrition-rich dry food per meal. Per day, they should take 2 meals and also give them enough water from time to time. Keep them in proper shape as they may put on weight. Proper dieting keeps making your dog live longer than usual.

General Care:

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The Australian Shepherds keep them busy playing outside and sometimes it may put them in danger. Protect Australian Shepherds with the fence to escape from the accidents. Take them outside with you to stretch their muscles and keep their body in control. Take them to the behavior classes when they are to understand the commands clearly.

Common Health Problems:

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Generally, the Australian Shepherds have proper health conditions and don’t get sick more often. But there may be a chance of inheriting the diseases from their parents. So, get the health clearance from the quality breeders while buying. As they grow up some unexpected conditions may approach them, which puts them under stress. They are as below:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Deafness
  • OsteochondrosisDissecans
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Hypothyroidism

Coat Color and Grooming:

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Australian Shepherds have a medium-length coat. The hair may be straight or wavy which covers their body. The smooth and soft hair on their head looks so appealing and beautiful. Brush the coats of the Australian Shepherd once a week. They come in several colors like red, red Merle, blue Merle, black and a mix of white, black and tan.

Size and Weight:

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The Australian Shepherd are very tall and look firm with strong muscles. The male Australian Shepherds stand around 20 to 23 inches at the shoulder level and the female ones stand around 18 to 21 inches. In terms of weight, the male breeds range between 50 to 65 pounds and the female ones 40 to 55 pounds.

Pros

Cons

Common FAQ:

13 – 15 years

Average amount of hair.

No

Yes, Australian Shepherd can be much easier to train when they are Puppies.