This playful breed was actually developed in the United States where it has remained a popular working dog and pet. The Australian Shepherd is highly obedient, and will love to perform tricks for an audience. They also make good guard dogs.Appearance
Height: 43-58 cm at the shoulder.
Weight: 18-29 kg.Coat and Grooming
The medium-length coat comes in many varieties including the popular blue merle (black, grey and white) and red merle (red, beige and white). There is also solid red and solid black, both of which can also come with white markings. This breed requires grooming a few times a week.Health
The Australian Shepherd is known to suffer from eye conditions and hip dysplasia. Expected lifespan is 12-16 years.Environment and Exercise
A large yard is required for this breed. The Aussie will also need a good physical and mental workout each day. Agility and obedience sessions will do the trick, as will strenuous exercise and the dog's original job of herding.Compatibility with Kids and other Pets
This breed likes children, especially active ones. On the down side, however, Aussies may try to nip the heels of running children and pets in a bid to herd them up.