Dog Breed profiles
Australian Shepherd Dog Breed Profile
Australian Shepherd Dog fact file
KC Group: Pastoral
Good with children?: Seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: Requires quite a lot of exercise
Good guard dogs?: Possibly, although not recommended
Moulting level: Moderate — Needs to be maintained on a weekly basis as a minimum more often during moulting
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 socialised.
Australian Shepherd Dog Character
Extremely loyal to their family and have a guarding instinct. They may exhibit a certain degree of reservedness although this can be tempered by early socialisation. 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.
Australian Shepherd Dog Size
The dogs of the breed should measure between 51-58cm with bitches 46-53cm.
Australian Shepherd Dog Health
Common health issues that arise with the Australian Shepherd include Cancer, Epilepsy, Cataracts, CEA, PRA, Hip Dysplasia and MDR1 — full health clearances for both parents should be seen and all dogs should be MDR1 tested as this dictates what drugs can be used on your dog.
Australian Shepherd Dog Special Care
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.