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Australian Shepherd


Other Names

Aussie

History

The Australian Shepherd actually originated in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. They are associated with the Basque shepherds who came to America from Australian in the 1800s, but did not originate in Australia. They have had many names over the years.

Appearance

An intelligent breed that loves to work, medium sized, solid and muscular body, alert expression

Color and Coat

Medium length straight or wavy hair. Common colors include blue merle, black, red merle and red with white or tan markings.

AKC Group

Herding

Height

Dogs 20-23 inches, Bitches 18-21 inches

Weight

Dogs 50-65 lbs, Bitches 40-55 lbs

Activity Level

High

Tempermant

Energetic, instinct to guard, loyal companion, good natured

Other Facts

Aussies like to work and usually do well in dog sports, agility competitions, and as rescue and guide dogs. They can be easy to train.
 
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