Breed Spotlight: Australian Shepherd

Using Animal Planet's Dog Breed Selector and Guide and videos from Animal Planet's Dogs 101, we are going to provide some high-level breed information to help hopeful adopters find their perfect match! Please remember that not all dogs follow breed standards but we do recommend thoroughly researching breeds to better understand your canine companion. If you think this breed or a mix with this breed is right for you, begin your search with the Daily Dog Blog's local Shelter Directory and on the right-hand toolbar and ADOPT...Don't Shop!

We'll start with the Australian Shepherd

"The Australian Shepherd has a great deal of stamina and is loving, bold, alert, confident, independent, smart and responsive. If it doesn't get a chance to exercise and challenge its strongly developed mental and physical activities, it is apt to become frustrated and difficult to live with. With proper exercise and training, it is a loyal, utterly devoted and obedient companion. It is reserved with strangers and has a protective nature. It may try to herd children and small animals by nipping.


ORIGINAL Function: sheep herding

TODAY's Function: sheep herding, herding trials

Average Size of MALE: Height: 20-23 Weight: 50-65

Average Size of FEMALE: Height: 18-21 Weight: 40-55

Energy level: High energy

Exercise needs: High

Playfullness: Very playful

Affection level: Very affectionate

Friendliness toward other dogs: Friendly

Friendliness toward other pets: Friendly

Friendliness toward strangers: Shy

Ease of training: Hard to train (commenters say it just takes an experienced handler)

Watchdog ability: High

Protection ability: Very protective

Grooming needs: Moderate maintenance

Cold tolerance: Medium tolerance

Heat tolerance: Medium tolerance"

Visit the Animal Planet website for the complete Australian Shepherd Guide and more photos and videos!