The first thing you need to know about an Australian Shepherd is that although you may call them an Australian Shepherd they aren’t actually from Australia.
In fact they are American dogs and originated in the Old West. You may want to know why they are called Australian Shepherds then.
There are many reasons for that and one reason is that since many of the shepherds then in the old west were Australians the dogs were named after those shepherds. Others believe that since the colour of the dog matched to that of many Australian breeds it was known as the Australian Shepherd.
Intelligent, Sharp and loyal are 3 qualities that perfectly describe an Australian Shepherd. Now if you’re wondering whether an Australian
Shepherd would fit into your family then there is no reason for worrying because this breed of dog is said to be an excellent companion and would easily become a part of your family.
Now moving on I will tell you more about the characteristics like the Mentality, Look etc. of the Australian Shepherd.
Mentality of an Australian Shepherd
As the name would suggest you these dogs act like shepherds. They were used by shepherds to take care of the herds so you can expect them to be very hardworking and full of energy and since the herding instinct of this breed is also very strong you can trust them to keep your little ones safe.
But you need to make sure you keep tabs on the herding instinct otherwise it can become a little frightening for the children. Also make sure you give them proper exercise because if you don’t they would find something to burn their energy on and that could prove a little annoying and also destructive.
It’s important that you make them channel their energy properly. Apart from being strong and energetic they are also very loyal and look upto one person as their master. They also behave themselves around strangers but remember it is very important that you train them properly.
Appearance of the Australian Shepherd
On the basis of their looks you can categorize the Australian Shepherds into 2 types. The first type are the show dogs that usually tend to have a longer, shinier and thicker coat and the other are the work dogs that tend to have thinner and shorter coat.
Now if you want a male Australian Shepherd note that they can weigh upto 50-70 pounds and can be 20-23 inches tall. On the other hand a female Australian Shepherd is much lighter and shorter and can weigh around 35-60 pounds and can be 18-22 inches in height. Some of these dogs are usually born with shorter tails.
As far as the colour of the Australian Shepherd is concerned you can find them in 4 different colours. They can be multi coloured i.e. black and light brown or fully black or fully brown, merle or a solid colour trimmed with white. Now what’s unique about this breed of dog is their eyes.
Usually they have either green, Hazel, brown or blue eyes but some of the dogs can have 2 colours in the same eye or two differently coloured eyes. Thus you would find them very interesting to look at.
Health issues regarding the Australian Shepherd
Owning a dog is fun but you also need to care because you’re Australian Shepherd because they can suffer from eye problems like cataract or epilepsy which may or may not be curable.
Diarrhea, Blindness, deafness etc. are other problems your dog might face if you don’t take proper care. I would advise you to take your dog to a good doctor for regular check-ups to ensure everything is fine.