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The Australian Shepherd, commonly known as the Aussie, is a medium size breed of dog. The Aussie is active, Affectionate, warm hearted, Intelligent, Protective and has a lifespan of 12 - 18 years. Weight: 40 - 70 lb with height males is 20 to 23 inches, for females 18 to 21 inches. The Aussie, as it is known, is a medium-sized, robust, well-balanced, rustic dog. The ears are set high at the side of the head, triangular and slightly rounded at the tip. The coat is of medium texture, straight to slightly wavy, weather resistant, of moderate length with an undercoat. The quantity of undercoat varies with climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head, outside of the ears, front of the forelegs and below the hocks. Backs of the forelegs are moderately feathered; breeches are moderately full. There is a moderate mane and frill, which is more pronounced in male dogs than females. The Aussie has a natural or docked bobtail. The AKC standard states the tail should not exceed four inches in length; tails that are longer are docked. The dog's body should be slightly longer than its height at the withers. The chest is not broad but is deep with the lowest point reaching the elbow. The front legs are straight, perpendicular to the ground. The feet are oval, compact with close knit, well arched toes. The front dewclaws are sometimes removed, but back dewclaws are almost always removed. The overall size of the head should be in proportion to the body, with the muzzle being equal or slightly shorter than the back skull. The stop is moderate to well-defined. The teeth should form a scissors or level bite. The eyes are oval in shape and medium in size. Eye colors include brown, blue, amber or any variation or combination including flecks and marbling. The ears are set high on the head, triangular in shape and slightly rounded at the tip. When the dog is at full attention the ears break forward and over, or to the side as a rose ear. Coat colors include blue merle, black, red merle (liver), solid red with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points, with no order of preference. The coat is medium texture, straight to wavy, weather resistant and of medium length. There should be feathering on the back of the legs, the mane and frill around the neck.
GetAnAnimal's Standard Australian Shepherds are from Grand Champion Bloodlines. Prime Time Mosiac Kiss This (Milo) was a Grand Champion Blue Merle that was double registered through AKC and NSDR. Milo was our original breeder and his bloodline is in all our Aussie puppies. Sadly, we lost Milo in August of 2016. Milo was 16.5 years old. He will be sadly missed but forever remembered in his lineage.
Australian Shepherds are easy-going, remaining puppy-like even in their adult years. This courageous dog makes a good watchdog for the home. Aussies are excellent with children, even with an active child, as they love to play. They are devoted, loyal friends and guardians, for they are naturally protective. Affectionate, very lively, agile and attentive—they are eager to please, with a sixth sense about what the owner wants. Australian Shepherds are highly intelligent and easy to train. Though aggressive when at work with livestock, the Aussie is gentle with human friends. Australian Shepherds are not the kind of dog to lie around the living room all day or live happily in the backyard with only a 15-minute walk. They need much more exercise than that and something to occupy their mind daily or they will become bored, leading to serious behavior problems. Without enough mental and physical exercise and/or a lack of a true pack leader, they can become nervous and destructive if left alone. Socialize well to prevent them from becoming suspicious of strangers. Working lines may be too energetic for people who only have a moderately active lifestyle. Some like to nip people's heels in an attempt to herd them, and this behavior needs to be corrected, teaching the dog that humans are not to be herded. The Aussie is a quiet worker. This breed is not usually dog aggressive.
There are only four basic recognized colors for an Aussie: Black, Blue Merle, Red and Red Merle but Blue Dilutes (Maltese) are sought after as pets and are rare. Below are the possible colors for Aussies.
Black: Bi & Black Tri,
Red: Bi & Red Tri
Blue Merle: (Blue & White)
Blue Merle Tri (Blue, White, & Copper)
Red Merle (Red & White)
Red Merle Tri (Red, White, & Copper)
Merle Dilute (Merle is replaced by silver and can be Bi or Tri)
Blue Maltese (Blue or Red Dilute look the same (black or Red is replaced by blue) & can be Bi or Tri)
(Dilutes are not showable but are sought after as pets because they are rare and happen 1 in 500 dogs.)
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STANDARD AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD