Though the name suggests Australia, the Australian Shepherd dog was first originated in America in 1840s. They were used to herd farm livestock. They assume responsibilities with ease. In current time, they are adopted as loyal and friendly family pet who are adored for their energy and intelligence.

Watch and learn about Australian Shepherd dog’s key characteristics:

Key Vitals of Australian Shepherd Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Australian Shepherd Dog Herding Dogs 1 foot, 6 inches to 1 foot, 11 inches tall at the shoulder 40 to 65 pounds 12 to 15 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Australian Shepherd is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 1 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Australian Shepherd has scored low and is not suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 2 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Australian Shepherd has scored low and is not suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 2 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Being Alone. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather. parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Australian Shepherd is rated 4 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 4 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Friendly Dog.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Dog. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 3 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers. parameter.

Health Grooming:

Australian Shepherd is rated 2 out of 5 in Health Grooming.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored low and is not suitable in Health Grooming. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 3 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Amount Of Shedding. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 1 out of 5 in Drooling Potential.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 1 out of 5 in Easy To Groom.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored low and is not suitable in Easy To Groom. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 2 out of 5 in General Health.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored low and is not suitable in General Health. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Weight Gain. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 3 out of 5 in Size.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Size. parameter.

Trainability:

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Trainability.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Trainability. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Easy To Train.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Intelligence.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Mouthiness. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 4 out of 5 in Prey Drive.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 4 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential. parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Energy Level.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 4 out of 5 in Intensity.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Intensity. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Australian Shepherd is rated 5 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness.. This means Australian Shepherd has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness. parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Herding Dogs

Height

1 foot, 6 inches to 1 foot, 11 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight

40 to 65 pounds

Life Span

12 to 15 years

Highlights

Australian Shepherds need roughly 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day, preferably with high-energy activities like playing Frisbee. They need a job to do as well, such as daily obedience training or competing in herding and agility trials.Australian Shepherds can be very destructive and bark for long periods if they’re not getting the exercise and mental stimulation they need.Aussies will alert bark to warn you if they see or hear something suspicious, and will protect their family and home with a surprising fierceness.Although Australian Shepherds have the reputation for needing wide-open space, they do just fine in cities if they get enough stimulation and exercise. They’re not good apartment dogs, though. You’ll want at least a small yard to help them get out some of their high energy.This herding dog’s pushiness with livestock can carry over into the home and, with a timid or inexperienced owner, he may assume the dominant role in the family. The breed needs a firm and confident owner — Aussies probably aren’t a good choice if you’ve never had a dog before.Australian Shepherds are average shedders, and their coat needs regular maintenance, including weekly brushing to keep it clean and prevent matting, and possibly trimming to keep it looking tidy.Aussies enjoy the company of their family and prefer to stick close to their human pack. They don’t do well stuck in the backyard by themselves for long periods.Aussies are by nature standoffish with people they don’t know, and unless they have regular exposure to lots of different people — ideally beginning in puppyhood — they can become fearful of strangers. This may lead to biting out of fear and aggression. Give your Aussie lots of contact with friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers to help him polish his social skills.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.