The Australian shepherd is a breed of herding dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States. Despite its name, the breed, commonly known as an Aussie, was not developed in Australia and is American.
They acquired their name because some of these dogs were used to herd Australian sheep and were seen in the West as early as the 1800s. The breed rose gradually in popularity with the boom of western riding after World War I. They became known to the general public through rodeos, horse shows, and through Disney movies made for television.
For many years, Aussies have been valued by stockmen for their versatility and train-ability. They have a similar look to the popular English Shepherd and Border Collie breeds. While they continue to work as stock-dogs and compete in herding trials, the breed has earned recognition in other roles due to their train-ability and eagerness to please, and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds, the Aussie has considerable energy and drive, and usually needs a job to do. It often excels at dog sports such as dog agility, flyball, and frisbee. They are also highly successful search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service, and therapy dogs.
Life span: 13 to 15 years
Origin: United States of America
Temperament: Active, Affectionate, Intelligent, Good-Natured, Protective
Colors: Black, Red, Red Merle, Blue Merle, Black tricolor, Red tricolor, Merle
Height: Male: 20–23 inches (51–58 cm), Female: 18–21 inches (46–54 cm)
Weight: Male: 55.1–70.1 lbs (25–31.8 kg), Female: 35.1–55.1 lbs (15.9–25 kg) (source)
Pictures That Perfectly Sum Up What It’s Like To Own An Australian Shepherd
As puppies, they’re so gosh darn squishy.
I mean, just look at this thing.
Are you friggin’ kidding me?
The head tilts are a constant.
Australian Shepherds are known for their fluffy derrieres.
They excel at agility.
And many love to swim.
They’ve got energy for days.
They play with open mouths. Always.
They love bomb their family members.
And side-eye strangers.
The food drive is strong.
Some will chew when left alone too long.
But the guilt face wins you over every time.
It’s hard to stop at just one Australian Shepherd.
They’ll love you ’til the bitter end.
Say Hello to the Australian Shepherd
These dogs are smart dogs. In this video you will see want Australian Shepherd’s are able to do. And you will also learn more about them, their grooming, their health, if they are easy to train, and if they are a good family dog. I did not make this video. NOTE: This video claims that Aussies are born without a true. This statement is NOT entirely true. Some are born without a tail… but most are born with a tail and their tails are bobbed soon after their birth.
Australian Shepherd Illustrated Breed Standard