Forever Australian Shepherd

Find out all about the affectionate, intelligent Australian Shepherd

Given their name, you’d think they originated from Australia. In fact, this breed originates from the United States!

This intelligent, active breed was utilised for their natural herding skill and favoured by the Americans. Their origins began in Europe via Australia. It was said the breed was perfected in California but has roots in the Pyrenees mountains. 

Australian Shepherds are eager to please, easy to train and very loyal. Often known better by their nickname, ‘Aussies’ this breed makes an excellent pet, but they aren’t suitable for every home.

What do Australian Shepherds Look like?

The first thing you’ll likely notice about an Aussie is their striking eye colour - they often have two different coloured eyes. Their coat colouring has changed over the years. They can now be found in a variety of merle colours and tricolours. 

According to the UK Kennel Club Australian Shepherd breed standards, their colours are:

“Blue merle, black, red merle, red, all with or without tan points. All colours should be strong, clear and rich. White should not dominate the head. On all colours, the areas covering and surrounding the ears and eyes are dominated by a colour other than white.”

They have a medium-length coat that requires moderate grooming, and due to their double coat, they do shed quite a bit. 

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How big are Australian Shepherds?

They are a medium breed with an athletic build. In the past tails would have been docked for a uniform appearance, but they do have a naturally bobbed tail. 

Typically dogs are between 51-58cm and females are 46-53cm. Their weight ranges from 35 to 70 pounds (15-31kg). 

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What is an Australian Shepherd’s temperament like?

Given their origins, the breed has been known to carry a strong herding instinct. They can be reserved but are very rarely shy or aggressive dogs. They are typically good-natured and easygoing.

Some owners have reported that they can be quite needy. And of course, energy levels will differ from dog to dog, but it’s important to make sure their needs are met to prevent any boredom and unwanted behaviours.  Their herding instincts will also differ, so consider this when thinking about this breed. 

They are generally sociable and known to mix well with other dogs, children and other animals but if herding instincts aren’t redirected, this can cause some issues. But keep in mind that each dog is different, they all have individual personalities, so what you’ll find with one may not be the same for another!

Early socialisation and training is important with Aussies. They’ll need to know what’s expected of them. 

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Australian Shepherd Breed Information

Here is a quick snapshot about Aussies:

  • Lifespan - Between 10-15 years
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy Levels: High
  • Easy to Train: Yes
  • UK Kennel Club Breed Classification: Herding Dog
  • Recommended exercise: Around two hours per day 

Who should own an Australian Shepherd?

If you’re considering getting an Aussie, then you’ll need to be sure you have the time to fulfil their needs. Like many dogs, they don’t do too well when left alone for long periods. They thrive in active homes but are also said to enjoy cuddling with family when their needs are met.

Plenty of exercise and mental stimulation generally equals a happy Australian Shepherd! Not the best choice for first-time owners, but if you’ve done your research and are willing to put in the time and commitment, although they are a working breed, they do make wonderful pets. 

If you’re looking for an adventure buddy, an Aussie is a great choice. 

Aussies on Film

There have been various Aussie film stars over the years, with some even appearing in some Disney movies. One of the earliest film appearances by Australian Shepherds in film was made by ‘Bunk’ in the 1920s. He appeared in a few Western films!

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