Australian Shepherd

Ease of Training
Shedding
Watchdog
Guard Dog
Popularity
Size

History

  • His exact origin is unknown but the breed we know today was developed in the United States and is not a native of Australia as his name implies.
  • He is called an Australian Sheppard because he was developed from Basque Shepherd dogs who came from Australia
  • He was developed as a herding dog
  • He has been used as a ranch dog, guide dog, hearing dog, drug detector, search-and-rescue dog, and therapy dog.

Personality and Behavior

  • He likes nothing more the being with you and bonds very closely to you
  • He has a natural tendency to herd; whether it be sheep, children, guests, or small animals and may nip at their feet to get them moving
  • He can be highly protective of his property
  • He has a lot of stamina and is very nimble, and quick on his feet
  • He's good natured and not aggressive
  • He takes a while to warm up to strangers
  • He is highly intelligent, a fast learner, and excels at guarding and herding
  • He loves to play!
  • If he's bored he will find ways to entertain himself and can become destructive

Training

  • He's very easy to train. He learns commands very quickly.

Shedding

  • He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.

Grooming / Maintenance

  • His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).

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