Appearance

The Australian Shepherd is an attractive long-haired breed with a
bobtail and striking, varied, coat coloration. Each dogs coat and eye
color are highly variable, it is not uncommon to have a dog with one
blue eye or one that is half blue and half brown. This does not affect
their vision or their standings in the show ring.

Temperament

Australian Shepherds are active, intelligent, responsive. Best living
environment would be Rural or semi-rural with lots of outdoor
activities such as herding livestock, flyball and obedience trials.
They are reserved with strangers, but is a dependable, tireless
worker who is devoted to their owner. An attentive and animated dog
who is strong and agile, with great stamina. The Australian
Shepherd will make a great family pet.

History

The Australian Shepherd does not come from Australian as their
names suggest. Australian Shepherds were developed in the US to
work as a herding dog on ranches. It is said that in 1875 Baxque
sheep herders began to migrate to the United States bringing their
sheep dogs with them. At that time the breed developed into the
Australian Shepherd. They were recognized by the Canadian and
Mexican Kennel Clubs in 1976, and by the United Kennel Club in
1979, but they did not become part of the AKC until 1991 when they
were admitted to the Miscellaneous class.
Australian Shepherds require daily exercise as
this helps to maintain good muscle tone.
Obedience training come easy to them and
they should receive this training.
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Coat:
Origin:
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18-23 inches
High
High
14-16 Years
Straight double coat, medium length
Medium
USA
Blue merle black, red merle, markings
High
Active, intelligent and responsive
35-70 pounds
High
Australian Shepherd