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What is an Australian Shepherd?

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
Full-grown size
Teeny tiny Super size
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TY

Australian Shepherd German Shepherd Dog

Male, Young
Studio City, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered,
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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Cha Cha - CraZy CoLOr

Australian Shepherd Great Pyrenees

Female, 3 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Cha Cha and her 3 siblings were found in a field dumped when they were only 3 weeks old. The lovely women nursed them back to health. We took them on when they were 12 weeks old. Cha Cha is fun, playful and wicked smart. She absolutely would flourish in an adventurous home. You will absolutely love this adorable painted pony look alike! All dogs in our program are up to date on all their shots, spayed or neutered, and micro chipped. Our dogs are in foster homes which enables us to learn more about them in a home environment. We do not place dogs on a first come first serve basis, but rather to the home best suited for them. An application, adoption fee and contract are required. Please direct all questions to adopt@crdogrescue.com. All our dogs can be met with an approved application. Thank you for looking at a rescue dog for your next family member.
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Gianna

Australian Shepherd

Female, 1 yr 4 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered,
Story
What a looker this sweet girl is. Gianna and who we think may be her daughter were rescued from the streets of Kern Vounty. They were posted everywhere for weeks, and no-one stepped forward. Now they are with us, and all their medical needs are cared for. Gianna is so sweet and fluffy. She is very respectful of her home space and the people in it. She is young, happy and playful. Gianna comes with the most adorable overbite or sometimes called an overshot. The upper jaw is longer than the bottom. It's just so cute!!! All dogs in our program are up to date on all their shots, spayed or neutered, and micro chipped. Our dogs are in foster homes which enables us to learn more about them in a home environment. We do not place dogs on a first come first serve basis, but rather to the home best suited for them. An application, adoption fee and contract are required. Please direct all questions to adopt@crdogrescue.com. All our dogs can be met with an approved application. Thank you for looking at a rescue dog for your next family member.
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Queen

Australian Shepherd American Staffordshire Terrier

Female, 3 yrs 2 mos
Studio City, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Needs experienced adopter,
Story
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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COWBOY

Australian Shepherd Australian Shepherd

Male, 2 mos
Culver City, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats,
Story
COWBOY is looking for his “Forever Home”. He is a Gorgeous Boy with a fluffy coat and beautiful Blue eyes. COWBOY has been socialized, is very engaging and playful. He will require exercise as this is an active breed. COWBOY will make a great addition to a loving home. *Please contact Chase @ 602-909-1004 for more info and appointments*
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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.

A solid red coat is the rarest color for an Australian Shepherd. This color isn’t as popular as the “blue merle” and “red merle” coat colors which are more common and well-recognized.


It’s important to note that the rarity of a coat color should not be the primary consideration when choosing an Australian Shepherd. Instead, focus on finding a healthy dog with a temperament and characteristics that align with your lifestyle and preferences.

Australian Shepherd Temperament

Learn about about the Australian Shepherd temperament and how well they fit into your lifestyle, home environment, and family.

Yes, Australian Shepherds bark a lot. They are known for being vocal dogs, and, like most dogs, they tend to bark when playing, at loud noises and intruders. However, they can be discouraged from excessive barking with proper training and exercise.


One way to curb excessive barking is by teaching your Aussie the “speak” and “quiet” cues to let them know when it’s appropriate to bark. Keeping their bodies active and minds stimulated with plenty of exercise can also reduce their tendency to bark.


Yes, Australian Shepherds can be good with other dogs. Their compatibility often depends on each dog’s personality, temperament, and previous socialization. Proper introductions and supervision allow many Aussies to coexist happily with other dogs.

Yes, Australian Shepherds are good dogs for individuals or families willing to invest time in their care, training, and exercise needs. These are good pups for those who can provide them with all the mental and physical challenges they crave.

Yes, Australian Shepherds are easy to train due to their intelligence and willingness to please. They respond to consistent, positive reinforcement and excel in various canine activities such as obedience, agility, and herding trials. 


Their high energy and high intelligence means they need to feel like they are working. It’s not enough to teach your Aussie basic commands and let them be, they’ll want to practice what they’ve learned. Agility training is often great for Aussies because it allows them to use their intelligence to figure out obstacle courses while also getting a good amount of exercise in. When it comes to training your Aussie, the most important thing will be sticking to a schedule and really helping them expend their energy.

Yes, Australian Shepherds are good guard dogs. They’re incredibly loyal and often only accept strangers once they’ve been proven acceptable by their family.

Yes, Australian Shepherds like water. Like any breed, however, individual preferences can vary. Some Aussies take to water easily, whereas others may be more cautious or reserved around water, especially if they haven’t been exposed to it from a young age.

Yes, Australian Shepherds are smart. They are often regarded as one of the smartest dog breeds due to their sharp minds and problem-solving abilities. But being super smart also means they need a lot of mental stimulation and challenges to stay engaged and happy; without mental exercise, they can become bored and potentially exhibit undesirable behaviors.

Yes, Australian Shepherds are great family dogs. These pups are incredibly affectionate, adaptable, intelligent, and devoted. Australian Shepherds’ loyalty makes them excellent watchdogs, and their sense of humor and eager desire to please make them well-suited to families, especially those who understand their dog’s need to direct their energy toward exercise and useful pursuits. If you have an active family that likes to go on hikes and explore, an Australian Shepherd could be perfect for you.


Yes, Australian Shepherds are good with kids. Because they are herding dogs, however, Australian Shepherds may try to herd small children when playing. The instinct to nip at the heels of people to corral them can be halted with bite-inhibition training and by redirecting their instincts towards games or toys.


The Australian Shepherd’s high energy and playful nature make them great playmates for older children. The best thing you can do is to provide them with plenty of socialization as the more they are exposed to children, the less likely they are to herd or nip.


As with any breed, it is recommended that your child is always supervised when interacting with your Australian Shepherd to keep both the child and dog safe.

Australian Shepherds can tolerate the cold weather better than other breeds because their double coat provides good insulation. Whether they “like” the cold, however, varies from dog to dog. Some Australian Shepherds may enjoy the cooler temperatures and even frolic in the snow, while others may prefer to stay cozy indoors when it’s cold outside.

Australian Shepherd Health

Learn about about the Australian Shepherd health outlook and what diseases they may be prone to at various stages of their life.

Yes, Australian Shepherds need to be regularly groomed to keep their double coat healthy. These pups require weekly brushings to help prevent the coat from becoming matted. 


Their coat is not difficult to groom, and baths are needed only when they get dirty. Trim their nails as needed, check and clean their ears, and maintain good dental hygiene. Keep an eye on their unique eyes for any issues.