- WEIGHT: 18 to 24 lbs
- HEIGHT: 8 to 11 inches
- COLOR(S): Pepper colored: (all shades of gray and silver) or dark yellow (all shades of brown and reddish brown).
- BREED GROUP: Terrier
WEIGHT: 40 to 65 lbs
HEIGHT: 18 to 23 inches
COLOR(S): Blue merle, red merle, all red, tan speckles, black
The Australian Shepherd makes an excellent companion to children and is eager to please with its sixth sense about what its owner wants. They are intelligent, clever and devoted dogs that love to play and seem like perpetual puppies. Great with active children, this breed is naturally protective, courageous, loyal and affectionate. Australian Shepherds enjoy being active, are easy to train and will make a devoted friend and guardian who is not aggressive.
The double coat of the Australian Shepherd requires minimal grooming. The overcoat features a medium texture that can be straight to slightly wavy, is weather resistant and generally moderate in length. The quantity of undercoat will vary with the climate.
Australian Shepherds are prone to several eye problems including Progressive Retinal Atrophy or PRA, juvenile cataracts and Collie eye anomaly. They can also be afflicted with hip dysplasia and deafness.
To maintain good muscle tone, Australian Shepherds require daily exercise. They are a lively breed that enjoys being active. Getting ample amounts of various exercises will help prevent these dogs from becoming nervous or destructive. This breed also excels in herding, obedience and agility work.
This intelligent dog breed does well with obedience training and takes to it naturally. It is recommended that Australian Shepherds receive this type of training.
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