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Australian Shepherd Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
Australian Shepherd
The area where the animal first came from
North America
Average Size:
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
58cm (23in)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
32kg (70lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
14 years
The domestic group such as cat or dog
Herd Dog
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Tan, Red, Black, Brown, Grey
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Confident and independent yet loving and responsive,
The level of house-training needed for the animal
Should be trained from an early age and they are easy to train but it takes time

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The Aussie breed is an energetic dog that requires exercise and mental stimulation to be happy and to avoid becoming destructive. They need a minimum of 20 min hard running twice per day. Aussies love working, whether it is herding livestock, performing tricks, competing in dog agility, or any other canine sport. They do exceptionally well in frisbee catching competition, and they love to retrieve items from water.

Aussies want to accompany their favorite humans and see and do whatever you are doing. After sufficient exercise they enjoy being couch potatoes. It is usually a sweet and affectionate dog which is faithful to its owners and great with children if raised with them. They typcially are friendly with the owner's friends and family that they see often but protective when strangers are around. Socialization from puppyhood is necessary to get the very best from them.

Most Australian Shepherds make wonderful family dogs, provided there is a human pack leader to guide them. They generally get along with other dogs and are not quarrelsome.

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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