Australian Shepherd guide

The Australian Shepherd, often referred to as the "Aussie", is a remarkable dog breed known for its intelligence, agility and striking appearance. In this Aussie guide we will delve into the breed's origins, characteristics and care requirements.

Origin and history

The Australian Shepherd is a dog breed that, confusingly, was developed in the United States and not in Australia as the name indicates. The Aussie probably got its name from the theories that the dog breed came from Australia to the United States during the 19th century.

The breed was originally bred for its incredible herding ability and guard instinct, making it a popular choice for American farmers and ranchers. In addition to these characteristics, the Aussie has been a popular dog breed for its beautiful appearance and ability to work independently. Even today, the breed is primarily used as a herding and working dog, which is important to keep in mind if you are considering getting an Aussie. The breed has easy to learn and is intelligent with a great willingness to work together with its handler but also requires a lot of physical movement and mental stimulation.

Aussies look

The Aussie is a medium-sized dog breed that is easily recognized by its stunning coat that comes in a variety of colors. Listed below are some of the other character traits that distinguish this dog breed:

  • In terms of size, the males are often larger with a height at the withers of 51-58 cm. The females usually have a height at the withers of around 46-53 cm.

  • The Aussie comes in many different colors such as black, red, red merle, blue merle and with or without white markings or tan markings.

  • The tail can be long, naturally short or crested (in countries where tail docking is still allowed) but must be straight. Important: Tail docking is prohibited in Sweden. A dog born with a naturally short tail must not have a tail longer than 10 cm.

  • Their expressive eyes can be blue or brown and sometimes have one of each.

Temperament and intelligence

The Aussie is a responsive, intelligent and easy-to-learn dog breed that often excels in various dog sports and activities. With an origin as, among other things, a guard dog, some of the Aussie's guarding instincts may come to the fore, but otherwise the breed must be friendly and have an even temper.

Training needs

The Aussie is an energetic breed that thrives on physical activity. Regular exercise is essential to prevent boredom and account for a happy, healthy dog. Daily walks, play and engaging activities such as agility or sound training help the dog channel its energy in a positive way.

With their high intelligence and eagerness to please, the Aussie responds very well to positive reinforcement in training and learning. Establishing a consistent routine and mental stimulation through puzzles and games will keep them happy and well behaved.


Aussies are generally a healthy breed that are relatively disease free.

A dog breed for you?

The Australian Shepherd is a captivating dog breed that stands out for its intelligence, versatility and eye-catching appearance. Whether you're an experienced dog owner or considering getting a dog for the first time, understanding a dog's history, characteristics and grooming requirements is essential to meeting all needs and creating a happy and fulfilling life together. After reading this guide, you may have gained new insights and decided whether the Aussie is a dog breed that suits you?

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