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Australian Shepherd


Australian Shepherd profile

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Lifespan: 12-15 Years

Avg height: 46-58cm

Avg weight: 18-29kg

Coat type: Thick, wavy coat.

Coat colours: Black, merle, red, red merle, blue merle, tri-colour.

Originally bred for: A herding dog in the US.

Breed traits: Loving, affectionate, energetic, protective, smart.


A little about the Australian Shepherd


The Australian Shepherd is a highly intelligent dog that loves to learn new things. Retaining qualities of an independent working dog, they can be dominant and need a large amount of training and exercise to stay stimulated. 




Health concerns for the Australian Shepherd include the following: Cataracts, Collie Eye Anomaly, Nasal Solar dermatitis, Pelger-Huet Syndrome, Iris Coloboma, Hypothyroidism, Lumbar Sacral Syndrome, Epilepsy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Canine Hip, and Elbow Dysplasia and Distichiasis. They may also be sensitive to certain drugs such as Ivermectin. It should also be noted that Merle-to-Merle breeding may result in offspring who are blind and deaf. Similarly, natural bobtail to natural bobtail matings can produce offspring with spinal defects. 

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.