THE BREED

Australian Shepherds are known for their intelligence, for having intensity, and instinct for working with livestock. Aussies are multitalented and are great competitors in confirmation, obedience, agility, and herding competition as well as very useful farm dogs. Some are even used as search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs, guide dogs for the blind and service dogs for the physically impaired.

Australian Shepherds are medium sized dogs with a moderate length coat and a bob tail. They can be anywhere from 18" to 23" tall and weigh 35 lbs. to 65 lbs. Females are generally smaller than males.

Coat colors vary. Some are black, with tan points and/or white markings or can be red with or without tan points and/or white markings, while others can be blue merle with patches/spots of gray and black sometimes with or without tan points and/or white markings, or red merle with patches/spots of cream and liver red with or without tan points and/or white markings.

Australian Shepherds are demanding of time and attention and want to be with you constantly. They are polite when it comes to strangers yet reserved. Early socialization is important to avoid shyness or sharpness. Some Australian Shepherds are dominant with other dogs and will chase cats, while others are good-natured with all creatures. One of the most capable breeds in the world of dogdom, the Australian Shepherd excels at the highest levels of competition.

For some, these characteristics will be unwelcome and disappointing. For the true Aussie lover, these traits are what make the breed the best dog in the universe.