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Australian Shepherd traits

Aussie
Herding
18-23 inches
35-70 pounds
13-15 years
Australian Shepherd characteristics
Lifespan
5 yrs 20 yrs
Grooming needs
Occasionally Frequently
Good with kids
Needs lots of supervision Eager to play
Good with cats
Likely to chase Hey, new pal!
Training aptitude
Headstrong Eager to please
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WAGYU

Australian Shepherd

Male, 2 yrs
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
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Queen

Australian Shepherd American Staffordshire Terrier

Female, 3 yrs 4 mos
Studio City, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Shots are up-to-date,
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Q, Short for Queen ElizaBark- Contact Tina at TinaR2017@yahoo.com Q is a loving, high-energy pup ready to play! She is in her teething stage and needs some training. She would love to run or hike with you! She loves to cuddle. She thinks she’s a lap dog! She is strong so she does need someone who can handle her strength. To Meet Q, Please Contact Tina at TinaR2017@yahoo.com
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Carousel

Australian Shepherd Husky

Female, 3 yrs 1 mo
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
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Hi I'm Carousel and I am a dream! 3-4 years old, 40 lbs and great with dogs and kids (oh and I don't seem to be bothered by the tortoise that lives in my fosters yard). I am easy going, a great wing girl for a lunch out with friends or a coffee date. house broken, spayed, up to date on vaccines and ready to be your forever best friend! *please note All of our dogs are in private foster homes. Once you fill out an application it will be screened by our volunteer adoption team. From there, if your application looks like a good fit for the particular dog, it will be sent to the foster where you can ask all the questions you would like and schedule a meet and greet. We do not transport our dogs. If you apply from out of state we do request you come to Los Angeles to meet us and fly home in cabin or drive. www.apurposefulrescue.org
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Bowser

Australian Shepherd

Male, 2 yrs
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
COURTESY POST!! Please contact Timothy if you’re interested in adopting: Lavaughntimothy1990@gmail.com Name: Bowser Age: born 11/15/22 Breed: Australian Shepherd Owner: Timothy, Lavaughntimothy1990@gmail.com Bowser is VERY high energy and is need of an owner(s) that will make his need to walk, run and even hike a priority. If he is left at home while leave for a 9-5 he will bark the entire time unless someone is home with him. He will do fine with children and other dogs that match his energy. A trial will be necessary to make sure Bowser is perfect for your home and lifestyle.
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Costello

Australian Shepherd German Shepherd Dog

Male, 1 yr
Los Angeles, CA
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(when grown) -
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Costello is just a big goofball! He has a unique personality to match his unique coat. Costello will always greet you with hugs, kisses and play bows! As soon as he sees you, he will bombard you with affection. Costello gets a long great with other dogs, too! Come meet him at spcaLA Long Beach!
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TY

Australian Shepherd German Shepherd Dog

Male, Young
North Hollywood, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
THIS IS COURTESY POST- PLEASE CONTACT RACHAEL AT 818-378-8995 to learn how to adopt Ty. Hi I’m Ty and was saved just in time at the shelter. I’m 1 year old and 61 lbs of playfulness. I’m shy at first meeting but once I know you I’m as happy as can be. I love my toys, playing fetch and following you around. I’m a quick learner too as my foster parents are teaching me basic commands, which I’ve learned in a jiffy. I’m house-trained, good with dogs and probably need some training on a leash. But I’m smart as a whip and eager to please if you just teach me. Won’t you be my forever friend? Please text 818-378-8995 to adopt me!
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Australian Shepherd Basics

Learn about about Australian Shepherd basics like where Australian Shepherd come from, how many different types of Australian Shepherd you can find, and what other breeds mix with Australian Shepherd.

Australian Shepherds live between 12 and 15 years. Of course, individual lifespans can vary depending on factors such as genetics, diet, exercise, and overall care. Good genes and a healthy lifestyle can help these dogs reach their senior years, so it’s essential to provide them with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and routine veterinary care to give them the best shot at a long and healthy life.

Australian Shepherds come from the United States, despite their name. The Australian Shepherd was created from a combination of herding breeds in California in the mid-19th century. Their roots are thought to be from herding dogs from the Basque region.

No, Australian Shepherds aren’t from Australia but from the American West. The breed became associated with Basque sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia in the 1800s, and the name “Australian Shepherd” stuck. So, don’t be fooled by the name; they’re as American as apple pie and rodeos.

Australian Shepherds were bred for herding livestock, primarily cattle and sheep. These dogs are known for their incredible intelligence, agility, and herding instincts. They were invaluable working companions for American shepherds and ranchers, particularly in the western United States, where they helped manage and move livestock across vast expanses of land.

Australian Shepherds stop growing by 12 to 16 months of age. However, their bodies may continue to fill out and develop muscle tone until they’re about two to three years old. Keep in mind that individual dogs may have slight variations in their growth rates, so it’s essential to monitor their nutrition and exercise to ensure they develop at a healthy pace.

No, Australian Shepherds are not hypoallergenic. These pups release allergenic proteins found in their dander, saliva, and urine, which can trigger allergies in people who are sensitive to them.

Australian Shepherds are mixed with other breeds such as:


  • Aussiedoodle (Australian Shepherd + Poodle)

  • Aussiedor (Australian Shepherd + Labrador)

  • Australian Retriever (Australian Shepherd + Golden Retriever)

  • Aussalier (Australian Shepherd + Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


There are two types of Australian Shepherds that come in four coat colors and three patterns. In 2015, the Miniature Australian Shepherd was recognized as their own breed, separate from Australian Shepherds. 

Australian Shepherd Appearance

Learn about about the Australian Shepherd general appearance like their size, colors, and grooming needs.

Australian Shepherds come in four main coat colors black, blue merle, red, and red merle. In addition, there are four different types of markings and variations for black-colored Aussies (black tri-colored, black and white bi-colored, full black, and black-and-tan. Red Aussies can be tri-colored, red and white, or solid red. There are four types of blue merle Aussies, blue merle tri-color, blue merle and white, blue merle and tan, and solid blue merle.


Yes, Australian Shepherds have tails, but their tails vary in length. Some Australian Shepherds are born with naturally bobbed tails, meaning their tails are very short. Research shows that roughly one in every five Aussies is born with a naturally bobbed tail.


While some dog breeds have specific tail traits that are essential for their work (e.g., pointing in hunting dogs), Australian Shepherds are herding dogs and the absence of a full-length tail actually makes it safer to perform herding tasks.

Miniature Australian Shepherds stand between 13 to 18 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 20 to 40 pounds on average. Also known as Mini Aussies, Miniature Australian Shepherds are a smaller version of the standard Australian Shepherd breed and are now considered their own breed.

Australian Shepherds are medium-sized dogs who weigh between 35 to 70 pounds and stand around 18 to 23 inches tall on average. Factors such as genetics, diet, and exercise can influence an Australian Shepherd's size, but these general height and weight ranges provide a good guideline for the breed.

Yes, Australian Shepherds are moderate to heavy shedders. They shed most in the spring when they lose their thick winter coat, but they also shed year-round. Their coat consists of a dense, weather-resistant outer coat and a softer undercoat. 


The thickness of their undercoat will depend on the time of year. It gets thicker in the winter to keep them warm and protect against the elements. They start to shed their coat in the Spring so they can stay cool in the Summer. During their heavy shedding periods, it’ll help to invest in a quality de-shedding tool as this will help keep dead and loose fur off your floor when they are shedding more.

No, you shouldn’t shave Australian Shepherds. Their double coat serves as insulation, protecting them from both heat and cold. Shaving can disrupt this natural insulation and potentially lead to temperature-related issues.



Australian Shepherds are medium-sized dogs with a strong and agile build, well-suited for their herding background. They have a medium-length double coat with white markings and copper points on their face, legs, and chest. Aussies come in a variety of coat colors, but the primary colors recognized in the breed standard are Black, Blue Merle, Red, and Red Merle.


Their most distinctive feature is their almond-shaped eyes, which can be various colors and are sometimes even marbled or split. Their ears are triangular and set high on their head, giving them an alert and attentive expression. Many Australian Shepherds have bobbed tails, though some may have full-length tails depending on their genetics.