Australian Shepherd

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The versatile working dog

The Australian Shepherd, or "Aussie" as they are often called , is a dog breed known for its intelligence, endurance and versatile working qualities. These medium-sized dogs are incredibly loyal and love to be active, making them excellent companions for active individuals or families.


Despite its name, the Australian Shepherd has its roots in the United States and not in Australia. The breed was developed during the 19th century, and has its roots in various European shepherd dogs. They were called "Australian" because they were used to herd Australian sheep imported to the United States.


Australian Shepherds are medium sized dogs. Males measure on average between 51-58 cm in height at the withers, while bitches are between 46-53 cm. Weight varies between 16-32 kg, depending on gender and individual genetics.

Appearance and Coat

Australian Shepherds have a robust body and strong bones. They have a thick, medium-long coat that comes in a variety of colors, including blue merle, black, red merle and red. The coat is straight or slightly wavy with a thick undercoat. They have blue or brown eyes, or sometimes a mixture of the two.

How much fur does an Australian Shepherd shed?

Aussies shed quite a lot, especially in the spring and autumn when they change their coat. Regular brushing is necessary to reduce the amount of loose fur and keep the dog's coat healthy and clean.

How much exercise does an Australian Shepherd require?

Australian Shepherds are very active and require a lot of exercise. At least one to two hours of daily physical activity, including walking, running, playing and activity games, is recommended to keep them happy and healthy.

Is the Australian Shepherd family friendly?

Aussies are known to be very loyal and loving towards their families. They can be good with children and tend to be friendly and playful. However, due to their high energy levels and intelligence, they can become bored and destructive if not given enough exercise and mental stimulation.

Acquiring an Australian Shepherd

Before you get an Aussie, you should be aware that they require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. They thrive best in active homes where they get plenty of opportunities for exercise and play. Aussies also need regular socialization and exercise from an early age to ensure they grow up to be healthy and happy adults. If you can offer this, an Australian Shepherd can make an excellent companion.