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Australian Shepherd

Origin United States
GroupPastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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Other Names
What other names does the Australian Shepherd have? The breed also known as...
Aussie, Little Blue Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the Australian Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Australian Shepherd, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Australian Shepherd gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What is the Australian Shepherd's size? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Australian Shepherd weigh?
Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Australian Shepherd?
Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Australian Shepherd have? What does this canine coat look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Australian Shepherd's coat?
RedBlue MerleBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Australian Shepherd and how often?
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Australian Shepherd, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Australian Shepherds shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of this canine?
Australian Shepherds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Australian Shepherd have?
ActiveFriendlyIntelligentLovingAffectionateGoodProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Australian Shepherd?
Smart: Australian Shepherd's intelligence is above average. Tricks and commands can be trained easily. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 70% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Australian Shepherds easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they?
Australian Shepherds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed doesn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does this dog need?
Australian Shepherds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Australian Shepherds bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Australian Shepherds good watchdogs?
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Australian Shepherds will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Australian Shepherds have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Australian Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Australian Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Australian Shepherd do?
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Australian Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Australian Shepherd to run away? This dog's wanderlust potential:
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Australian Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Australian Shepherds good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Australian Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Australian Shepherds kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Australian Shepherds get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Australian Shepherds are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Shepherds get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Australian Shepherds are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Australian Shepherds have health problems?
Australian Shepherds are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Australian Shepherds live? What is the average lifespan of this breed?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Australian Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Australian Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Australian Shepherd have?
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Australian Shepherds require per day?
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Australian Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Australian Shepherd's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Australian Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do Pulis drool?
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Australian Shepherd could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Australian Shepherd. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Australian Shepherd puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Australian Shepherd: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Australian Shepherd have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Australian Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-9 puppies, average 7

Advantages

  • Drooling tendency: The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Australian Shepherd's intelligence is above average.
  • Barking: Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
  • Watchdog Ability: Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Trainability: Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
  • Adaptability: Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Territorial: Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Australian Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.

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