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
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
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
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.