AKC PuppyFinder: Australian Shepherd Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Smart, work-oriented, exuberant—did we mention smart?
- Energy Level: Very Active; True working dogs, unemployment doesn't agree with these guys
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 20-23 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
- Weight: 50-65 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
While some dogs want nothing more than to curl up in your lap, the Australian Shepherd is ready to get to work. This intelligent breed is used even today as an all-around ranch hand and herder. Your Australian Shepherd puppy will thrive on lots of mental and physical exercise and excels at agility and obedience training. He'll grow up to be a loving family member, affectionate with his people and eager to be useful.
- History & Job
Origin: United States
Year Recognized: 1991
Breed History & Job Description: The Aussie’s world tour began in Europe, near the Pyrenees Mountains, where for centuries the Basques held a reputation as world-class shepherds. In the 1800s Basques and their dogs sailed east to try their luck in Australia, a wide-open paradise for sheepmen. After building up their flocks, the Basques left Australia for California. American ranchers assumed the Basques’ dogs were an Australian breed—thus the misleading name Australian Shepherd. Aussies, refined and perfected in America, have been an iconic part of cowboy culture ever since.
Most Aussies are energetic dogs that require vigorous daily exercise to keep them healthy and happy. When your Aussie is not being supervised, he should be confined to your home or a fenced area. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an Australian Shepherd can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Elbow Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Breed Club