Breed Information Centre

Australian Shepherd

Description

Illustration of Australian Shepherd

Belying his name, the Australian Shepherd is a breed developed in America as a sheepdog to work on the ranches. He has as his roots the Spanish Sheepdogs taken to America by Basque shepherds when they emigrated to America in the 19th century. Although blue dogs were originally most frequently seen, the breed is seen now in a variety of Merle patterns and tricolours. With the innate instinct to work still very much present the breed can still be seen in its original role. However, they have grown very popular in all canine disciplines, and their attractive colours and athletic movements have made them very successful in the show ring.

Breed Group
Pastoral
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Medium
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.


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