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Australian Shepherd

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #162015: #172014: #18
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 starsThis breed is not recommended for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a large yard.
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 starsThis energetic working dog needs plenty of vigorous exercise to stay in shape, mentally and physically, or better yet, some real work to do. Very intelligent and craving a good challenge, they need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. If under-exercised, this breed can become restless and destructive.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: The Australian Shepherd has a lot of hair and his grooming needs may appear daunting, but caring for him isn’t as much work as you might think. Brush the coat regularly to remove dead hair that will otherwise land on your clothes and furniture. The rest is basic care. Active Australian Shepherds often wear their nails down naturally, but it’s a good idea to check them weekly to see if they need a trim. Otherwise, just keep the ears clean and brush his teeth frequently for good overall health and fresh breath.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #42. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: The Aussie sheds, but it’s a major event only twice a year, in the spring and fall. Frequent brushing, warm baths and thorough blow drying during that time will help keep the handfuls of hair under control. Outside of shedding season, bathe the Aussie only when he gets dirty.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: The Australian Shepherd is fun to train because it learns quickly and easily. Aussies are unusually eager to please and adept at a wide variety of sports and games, such as herding, Flyball, and agility competitions.
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
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Overview

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.

History
The Australian Shepherd (affectionately called an ‘Aussie’) does not actually originate in Australia. It is believed that some Basque farmers brought ancestors of these dogs with them when they emigrated to Australia, then subsequently to the United States during the 1849 California gold rush. However, the breed as it is known today was developed in the American Southwest over the next few decades. The Australian dog was crossed with several breeds in an effort to produce an animal able to deal with the harsh temperatures and demands of the American West. Breeding during this period was mainly focused on ability—speed, agility, and endurance--rather than appearance, which delayed the Australian Shepherd’s recognition as a breed. Australian Shepherds became popular pets after they were featured as rodeos performers in the 1950’s, and later in Disney films such as ‘Run Appaloosa Run’. Australian Shepherds were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1993.