The Australian Shepherd was first bred in the United States. This breed was created to herd cattle, sheep and livestock. There are thought to be many different herding breeds that made up the Australian Shepherd. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1991.
- Country of Origin: United States
- Weight: 40 - 70 lbs
- Height: 18 - 23 inches
- Color: Their color is liver/red, liver/red merle, blue merle and black.
The Australian Shepherds are affectionate, playful and athletic. This breed is active, alert and they make wonderful watchdogs. They are great with children and well behaved which makes them wonderful family pets. This breed is a bit shy around strangers.
The Australian Shepherd life expectancy is between 12 - 15 years. Health issues to watch for in this breed are:
• Eye Disorders
• Hip Dysplasia
This breed has a double coat. It is medium in length with a slight wave to it.
Brushing 2 – 3 times weekly will help maintain their healthy coat. During shedding season they will require extra attention.