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Australian Shepherd

Appearance

AKC Height:

The preferred height for males is 20-23 inches, females 18-21 inches. Quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size.

Colors:

Blue merle, black, red merle, red-all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points.

Basic Requirements

Australian Shepherds need a 6' fenced yard with room to play. They are active dogs that enjoy playing ball or frisbee. They do shed, and twice-weekly brushings will help keep shedding under control.

Temperament

Australian Shepherds are intelligent, active and even-tempered. At first they may be reserved with strangers, so early socialization is important. They make good family dogs and are great with kids. Australian Shepherds are loyal and protective of their family.

Australian Shepherd Housebreaking

Housebreaking requires consistency on your part. Dogs are creatures of habit, and knowing the tips and tricks of training will make the process so much easier and less stressful. PUPPY HOUSEBREAKING tips: https://www.dog-breeds.net/puppy-housebreaking/ ADULT MARKING AND RETRAINING tips: https://www.dog-breeds.net/dog-housebreaking-marking-page/

Health

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Health problems in the breed include hip dysplasia, allergies, epilepsy and eye disorders. The average lifespan is thirteen years.

Where to find puppies and adults

If you are looking for a puppy or adult dog, please read our important information on choosing a puppy from a breeder and adopting a dog from a rescue. There are good dog breeders and good dog rescues and there are bad dog breeders and bad dog rescues. Our information will help you to make an informed decision and will give you tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Pet shops are not the best place to look for a puppy. Dogs from pet shops often come from puppy mills, and puppy mill dogs are often kept in unhealthy conditions. The best way to end puppy mills is to rescue or buy from reputable sources.