If you are after the perfect family pet – one that is loving, active, and good with kids – you really cannot go past the Australian Shepherd dog. Here’s what you need to know.
The Australian Shepherd is a long haired breed of dog with a bobtail, and a striking coat. The coat and eye colour are highly variable amongst dogs and it is not at all uncommon for a dog to have one blue and one brown eye or one eye that is half blue and half brown. The coat is medium long in length and it comes in colours including blue merle, red merle, black, and all red with or without white markings and/or tan points. The Australian Shepherd is medium in size with a strong, compact body, and triangular shaped ears that droop.
The Australian Shepherd is a very friendly, active, and intelligent dog. They are wary and reserved with strangers but are never aggressive. They love and are devoted to their owners and are also wonderful with children. Australian Shepherds get along well with other dogs but you do need to be cautious with smaller animals as Australian Shepherds are not trustworthy around them due to their prey instincts. As they are so intelligent, they are highly trainable and enjoy training sessions and obedience classes. They are also good guard dogs.
Even though the Australian Shepherd is a longer haired breed of dog, they don’t require too much in the way of grooming. You just need to give them a regular brushing to keep the coat in good condition and free of tangles. Bathing should be done only when necessary. However, as this is an active breed of dog, they will need to be exercised daily to keep them in good physical and mental condition. Obedience training is also a very good idea.
The Australian Shepherd will live from 14 to 16 years on average and they are relatively healthy. However, they may suffer from hip dysplasia, eye problems, and deafness. Buying your dog from a good breeder should ensure that this is not a problem.
The Australian Shepherd is ideally suited to being a family pet as they are so good around children but they are also suited to any owner that is looking for a loving yet active companion. They are not good for people that are looking for a docile dog as they do need lots of exercise and training. Australian Shepherds need plenty of space to run around so they are not suited to apartment living.