Australian Shepherd

An American West iconic herding dog

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"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." -American Kennel Club

A Brief History
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The Australian Shepherd has a very interesting history. Though the breed came to America (California, to be exact) from Australia, it was not the Australians that developed the breed. The breed began developing in Europe as a sheep herding breed. Once the breed made it to the United States, it was mistakenly called the "Australian" Shepherd, and further refined into the breed it is today. The "Aussie" is still a herding breed and a working dog. However, it has become an iconic family pet, as well.

Size Information

Australian Shepherd should weight between 40-60 pounds at maturity.

Accepted Colors and Coat Type

Australian Shepherds come in blue merle, red merle, solid black and solid red all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points.

The Aussie has a thick double coat, with long and course guard hairs on the outside and a thick undercoat. They shed moderately and seasonally.

Personality and Temperament

"The Australian Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. He is an exceptional companion. He is versatile and easily trained, performing his assigned tasks with great style and enthusiasm. He is reserved with strangers but does not exhibit shyness. Although an aggressive, authoritative worker, viciousness toward people or animals is intolerable." -United Kennel Club

Recommended Health Testing

We strive to health test our adult breeding dogs to match or exceed the AKC's CHIC Program standards.  Some of our dogs will have less testing depending on their lineage testing.  Some dogs will exceed CHIC standards, such as our stud dogs who are offered to outside females with unknown lineage testing.

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Follow the link(s) below to view the CHIC recommended health tests for this breed.