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Australian Shepherd

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #17
Name Australian Shepherd
Other names Aussie, Little Blue Dog
Origin United States
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1991)(UKC)
Size Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament ActiveAffectionateFriendlyGood-naturedIntelligentProtectiveLoving
Height Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm)Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm)
Weight Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg)Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Colors BlackBlue MerleRedRed Merle
Litter Size 6-9 puppies, average 7
Puppy Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 stars
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 5 stars
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Little to no trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #42
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: Training will be enjoyable. This dog is inclined to listen to commands and obey its owner. This breed will require fewer repetitions to obey specific instructions, pleasing owners who like to see quick results.
Watchdog Ability 5 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Rocky Lucy
02 Max Lola
03 Bear Molly
04 Buddy Lulu
05 Tucker Zoey
06 Rocky Maggie
07 Oliver Roxy
08 Duke Chloe
09 Marley Luna
10 Oliver Stella

This is an athletic dog of medium size and bone; it is lithe, agile and slightly longer than it is tall. It is muscular and powerful enough to work all day, without sacrificing the speed and agility necessary to cope with bolting livestock. Its gait is free and easy, and it must be able to change direction or speed instantly. Its double coat is weather resistant, with the outer coat of medium texture and length, straight to wavy. The expression is keen, intelligent and eager.

The Australian shepherd has a great deal of stamina and is loving, bold, alert, confident, independent, smart and responsive. If it doesn't get a chance to exercise and challenge its strongly developed mental and physical activities, it is apt to become frustrated and difficult to live with. With proper exercise and training, it is a loyal, utterly devoted and obedient companion. It is reserved with strangers and has a protective nature. It may try to herd children and small animals by nipping.

Although there are many theories about the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed as we know it today developed exclusively in the United States. It probably originated in the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France, but was dubbed the Australian Shepherd because of its association with Basque shepherds who came to the United States from Australia in the 1800's. As with most working breeds, the Australian Shepherd was initially called by many names, including Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bob-Tail, Blue Heeler, New Mexican Shepherd, and California Shepherd.
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