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Australian Shepherd Dog

Australian shepherd dog with ice blue eyes sitting attentively. A beautiful australian shepherd puppy with dazzling eyes A beautiful australian shepherd who is not ready to Go hone A fantastic looking australian shepherd eager to work A handsome australian shepherd waiting to play a game An adult australian shepherd enjoying a splash in the water

Breed Rating (2 Reviews)



The Australian Shepherd, or "Aussie", was actually developed on ranches in the Western USA in the mid-19th century. It's ancestry before it arrived in the US is not known for sure, and the origin of its name and association with Australia is therefore a matter of debate.

There appears to be a lot of Border Collie in this breed, judging by appearances. The breed's popularity rose in the American West after World War II, and the dogs became popular through their ubiquitous appearance at rodeos and horse shows. They are great herders, and very hardy too.


This breed is fantastic at learning agility and other tricks, and is therefore a great show and competition dog.


Australian Shepherds are outward-going, and easygoing too. They have loads of energy and love to use it up playing mentally stimulating games and running through the open air. They are great family dogs and love their families but are likely to form a special bond with their main 'handler'. If socialized and trained early, they will easily grow into calm and obedient dogs.

Health Problems

Australian Shepherds are sometimes afflicted by inherited blindness and deafness, spinal defects, cataracts, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), blood clotting disease, and epilepsy.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 12 - 18 years
  • Weight: 35 - 71 lb
  • Height: 18 - 23"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Medium
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Town or Country: Country
  • Minimum Home Size: Large House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
  • Breed Type: Herding
  • Size: Large
  • Energy Level: High
  • Exercise Required: Over 2 hours

Australian Shepherd Dog Pictures

Rocky hiking up to Blacktop Mountain.
Dog with stick in its mouth swimming
Rocky loves to Go hiking!

Latest Reviews For Australian Shepherd Dog (2 of 2)

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- Naomi,

I have an Aussie girl who is just over a year and she is the best dog I’ve ever had! Over my years of owning multiply dogs I would say Aussies are amazing dogs! They absolutely love humans and pick up training so easily! I wouldn’t say to get an Aussie if you aren’t willing to groom weekly, train daily, give them lots of attention and take them for long hood walks daily. Over all Australian shepherds are amazing dogs and will be amazing pets for one person or a whole family!

Highly active and smart breed - Evelyn,

A wonderful and fun dog breed the Australian shepherd is not for someone who just wants to hang around the house and go for a leisurely walk. They need plenty of running, sport or agility to tire them out physically. And they also need a "job" to tire them out mentally - such as obedience, nose work and also agility. Highly intelligent they can develop an understanding of several words and signals. They are loyal and obedient (generally), but can be stubborn. The personalities can differ quite a bit from pup to pup. Some may be more shy and hesitant in new situations and others are more outgoing. Because of their energy level and exuberance they can be overwhelming for very young children.