KC Group: Pastoral
Good with children?: Seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: Little
Good guard dogs?: Possibly
Moulting level: Medium
Jogging partner: Top dog!
Despite their name the breed originated in the United States to help manage livestock in the huge open areas of California. An intelligent and versatile breed, they will respond well to human interaction and will get on well with children providing they are well socialized.
Extremely loyal to their family and possessed of an ideal guarding temperament. They may exhibit a certain degree of reservedness although this can be tempered by early socialization. Australian Shepherds are energetic and extremely active, enjoying physical games and learning tricks. If left to their own devices and without adequate stimulation the Australian Shepherd may turn to destructive behaviour.
The dogs of the breed should measure between 51-58cm with bitches 46-53cm.
Common health issues that arise with the Australian Shepherd are mainly eye related. These can include cataracts, collie eye anomaly, and conjunctivitis. Due to their active nature you should be aware of Hip Dysplasia.
Care must be taken whilst in public places as their herding instinct will lead them to try an round up everything from kids to moving traffic! They require plenty of stimulation and exercise and therefore tend to react poorly to an indoor life.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.
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