Initially bred for herding sheep on large farms, the Australian Shepherd is a beautiful and robust dog. Also known as the Aussie, it grows up to an average height of 20 – 23 inches (Males) or 18 – 21 inches (Females). Their average weight ranges from 50 – 65 pounds (Males) to 40 – 55 pounds (Females).
The Aussie has a very easygoing temperament and retains its puppy like playfulness throughout its life span. Been of a rustic type of breed, its coat is of a wavy medium texture which is weather resistant. Its coat can include any of the following colors with or without white markings or copper points. The colors are Black, solid red, red merle or blue merle. As the AKC standard states that the maximum length of its tail should be less than four inches, the Aussies normally have their tails docked.
Australian Shepherds make very good watchdogs and are devoted guardians. They are best with active children, as they love to run, play, and make natural protectors for children of any age. They are highly affectionate and eager to please which makes them easy to train.