• Temperament:Smart, Work-Oriented, Exuberant
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 17 of 197
  • Height: 20-23 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50-65 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Herding Group 
 

About the Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd, the cowboy’s herding dog of choice, is a medium-sized worker with a keen, penetrating gaze in the eye. Aussie coats offer different looks, including merle (a mottled pattern with contrasting shades of blue or red). In all ways, they’re the picture of rugged and agile movers of stock. Aussies exhibit an irresistible impulse to herd, anything: birds, dogs, kids. This strong work drive can make Aussies too much dog for a sedentary pet owner. Aussies are remarkably intelligent, quite capable of hoodwinking an unsuspecting novice owner. In short, this isn’t the pet for everyone. But if you’re looking for a brainy, tireless, and trainable partner for work or sport, your search might end here.

National Breed Clubs and Rescue

Want to connect with other people who love the same breed as much as you do? We have plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local community, thanks to AKC Breed Clubs located in every state, and more than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups across the country. The United States Australian Shepherd Association has been the AKC Parent Club representing the Australian Shepherd since 1990.

 

Feeding 

The Australian Shepherd should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

Maggie - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Female

Available
$2,200

Tonya - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Female

Available
$995

Citrus - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Female

$695
Available

Ashley - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Female
$2,299

Available

Andy - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Male

Available
$550

Red - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Male

Available
$1.850

Trixie - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Female

Available $1.550

Nick - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Male

Available
$1.095

Melic- Australian Shepherd Puppy
Male

Available
$1000

Kingston - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Male

Available
$1000

Abbott - Australian Shepherd Puppy
Male

Available
$550