The Australian Shepherd is a beloved dog breed known for its intelligent, energetic, loyal temperament and medium-length, thick coat. Classified as a herding breed, the Australian Shepherd is a medium/large dog with an average weight of 50-65 pounds and a height of 18-23 inches.
This breed typically has a 12-15 year life span and requires high amount of exercise per day. As for grooming needs, the Australian Shepherd has high grooming requirements.
In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at the Australian Shepherd’s personality traits, exercise and grooming needs, as well as common health issues associated with the breed.
Australian Shepherd Breed Information
Breed Group: herding
Average Weight (lbs): 50-65
Average Height (in): 18-23
Life Expectancy (years): 12-15
Daily Sleep: 12-14 hours
Australian Shepherd Appearance
Coat Type: medium-length, thick
Coat Colors: black, blue merle, red, red merle, all with or without white and/or tan markings
Australian Shepherd Temperament and Personality
Temperament: intelligent, energetic, loyal
Trainability: highly trainable, eager to please
Exercise Needs: high
Grooming Needs: high
Australian Shepherd Health
Common Health Issues: hip dysplasia, cataracts, epilepsy
To learn more about this breed, visit our Dog Breeds category.