Australian Shepherd Breed Profile

Australian Shepherd Breed Profile

KC Group Pastoral

Size Large

Height Dog: 51-58cm Bitch: 46-53cm

Good with children? Unknown

Good guard dogs? Possibly, although not recommended

Moulting level Heavy

Grooming Moderate

Exercise requirement Requires quite a lot of exercise

Jogging partner Top dog!

Australian Shepherd Breed Profile

The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent and versatile breed, they will respond well to human interaction and will get on well with children providing they are well socialised.

Despite their name the breed originated in the United States to help manage livestock in the huge open areas of California. 

Australian Shepherd character

Extremely loyal to their family and have a guarding instinct. They may exhibit a certain degree of reservedness although this can be tempered by early socialisation. Australian Shepherds are energetic and extremely active, enjoying physical games and learning tricks. If left to their own devices and without adequate stimulation the Australian Shepherd may turn to destructive behaviour.

Australian Shepherd size

The dogs of the breed should measure between 51-58cm with bitches 46-53cm.

Australian Shepherd health

Common health issues that arise with the Australian Shepherd include Cancer, Epilepsy, Cataracts, CEA, PRA, Hip Dysplasia and MDR1 - full health clearances for both parents should be seen and all dogs should be MDR1 tested as this dictates what drugs can be used on your dog.

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Australian Shepherd care

Care must be taken whilst in public places as their herding instinct will lead them to try an round up everything from kids to moving traffic! They require plenty of stimulation and exercise and therefore tend to react poorly to an indoor life.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.