Aussie-Flat Breed Appearance
The Aussie-Flat crossbreed of dog is so new that no standard for appearance has been set, and there can be many variations even within the same litter of puppies. They are fairly large dogs, typically between 20 and 24 inches tall and weighing in at between 40 to 75 pounds. The structure of the top of the head is most often relatively flat, although some Aussie-Flats may have slightly rounded skulls. The muzzle, eyes, and ears of these hybrids could vary quite a bit. The muzzle itself can range from the powerful, broad muzzle of the Retriever to the more tapering muzzle of the Australian Shepherd, but the lips should be close-fitting rather than pendulous. Both parent breeds have almond shaped eyes, and this is typically what we see for the hybrid as well, and they can come in brown, hazel, and blue. Their ears tend to sit high on their head, but they may fold forward like the Australian Shepherd, or they might hang from the side like the Flat Coated Retriever. Both dogs have a somewhat waterproof, medium length coat that is either straight or with a slight wave to it. The Australian Shepherd, however, has a thick undercoat that is not present in the Flat Coated Retriever so the Aussie-Flat may have either the double or the single coat.