The Australian Shepherd, or commonly called "Aussie", in fact, does not come from Australia. Its exact origin is unknown. History tells us Basque farmers, (Northern Spain) brought the breed's ancestors with them when they emigrated to Australia. This cherished dog that we love was introduced to the United States during the California gold rush.
The Aussies strongest traits include loyal companionship, matched with incredible stamina. Aussies are very energetic and thrive on being busy. Moreover, their herding instincts, along with their high amount of energy keep them plenty busy.
For the most part, Aussies are easy to train and quick learners. Of course human companionship is crucial to this breed. Furthermore, they will thrive in an active family who especially love the outdoors. Other pets and kids are a welcome addition.
To learn more about this breed, visit the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the Australian Shepherd is 12-14 years.
Size & Activity Level
The Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized dog ranging 40-65 pounds. They belong to the Herding Group.
These dogs need a lot of exercises and must be kept occupied. They thrive on running, playing, herding and all family activities. Working dogs by nature, they are at their best when given specific tasks. With that being said, the Australian Shepherd is bred to herd livestock and loves having a job to do. These dogs are not recommended for apartment living.
Care & Grooming
A striking, colorful and weather resistant coat is their trademark. Moderate shedding will take place twice a year. Little grooming is necessary for this dog, although combing is equally important when shedding. Moreover, bathe only when necessary to keep them smelling fresh. Also, keep nails short and ears clean to maintain good hygiene.