50-70 lbs
United States, United Kingdom
Australian Shepherd
Bull Terrier
An Aussietare is a combination of a purebred Australian Shepherd and Bull Terrier. Aussietares are bred to be active companion dogs. The breed is known to be protective, playful, and occasionally aggressive due to its Terrier and Bulldog lineage. Because they are social, Aussietares do not like to be alone for long periods of time and need regular exercise. They are best suited for energetic couples or families with older children. They are a large breed dog with an average lifespan of 11 to15 years, weight of 50 to70 pounds, and height of 20 to 23 inches. Their coat is medium to short length, comes in many colors that are common to Australian Shepherds and Bull Terriers, and may have vague or strong Australian Shepherd markings.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Australian Shepherd, Bull Terrier

Aussietare Health

Average Size
Male Aussietare size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Female Aussietare size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Cataracts
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • CT or MRI scan
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Tests
  • Cardiac Test

Aussietare Breed History

The name Aussietare is a play on the names of its two parent breeds, the Australian Shepherd, also known as an “Aussie”, and Bull Terrier, which is also known as an English Bull Terrier, Bully, or Gladiator. The Aussietare’s Australian Shepherd parent hails from – not Australia – but the western United States where it was likely bred from Collie varieties in the early 1900s to herd sheep. Australian Shepherds boomed in popularity during the 1950s and are now employed as handicap guides, therapy dogs, drug detectors, search and rescue workers, and – of course – beloved family pets. The Bull Terrier was originally a mostly white-coated cross between Bulldogs and various Terriers, known first as “Bull-and-Terriers”. Eventually, it was mixed with Spanish Pointers to add size. These dogs gained popularity during the early 1800s when they were used for various sporting activities and dog fighting in Europe. After dog fighting was banned, the Bull Terrier gained a reputation for being a trendy companion among high society, particularly because of its impressive white coat. In 1885, Bull Terriers were recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Later, they were bred with Staffordshire Bull Terriers to develop more color variations. Today, the white Bull Terrier remains the most popular and well-known Bull Terrier. The hybrid of these two breeds is a relatively new and atypical hybrid, so its personality and appearance have not yet stabilized. As such, it is not widely recognized and lives in the shadow of more popular Australian Shepherd hybrid breeds. Nonetheless, breeders have found that, so far, Aussietares retain the protective and playful qualities of their parent breeds. Note, however, that Aussietares are not recognized by the AKC; as a result, Aussietare breeders should be researched thoroughly if you intend to purchase from them.

Aussietare Breed Appearance

Aussietares typically look like muscular, less fluffy Shepherds with some Terrier features. Generally, they are a large-sized breed. The average weight is 45 to 65 pounds and the average height is 20 to 23 inches tall. Their short to medium-length coat can be straight or wavy, as well as smooth and thick. The breadth of coat variations within each parent breed accounts for the Aussietare’s wide range of patterns and colors. They typically have a lighter base color with darker accents, spots, or light Australian Shepherd markings of white, gray, black, brown, and tan. The feet are round, compact, and thickly padded, while the tail is a short to medium length. Aussietares have a watchful and intelligent expression, with high-set triangle-shaped ears that often flap over, relatively flat foreheads, and triangular eyes that are small for its large size.

Aussietare Breed Maintenance

The Aussietare is relatively low maintenance breed. Its short to medium length coat, which is not hypoallergenic, does not typically require cutting or styling. Occasional brushing should help reduce the breed’s moderate shedding and keep its coat shiny, though this is not always necessary. Owners should aim to bathe Aussietares once a month or as needed. As with all breeds, Aussietare owners should brush their pet’s teeth daily, clip its toenails every month or so, and pay special attention to keeping its eyes and ears clean. Aussietares are not known to drool or smell if they are healthy and clean.

Aussietare Activity Requirements

Aussietares are known to be very energetic and playful with people, including children, and other dogs. They are active and social creatures that enjoy being around others. The breed tends to be particularly affectionate and protective towards its family members and develops strong attachments to the people and other pets in its life. Like many high-energy breeds, if Aussietares are left alone for long periods of time, they can be destructive and mischievous. They also have a strong desire to roam, so Aussietares must be closely monitored when they are outside of confined spaces. Aussietares will not bark frequently, but may be more mouthy – likely to nip or bite while playing – than many other breeds. They can also be aggressive to small animals, other dogs, and people, especially if they do not know them well. Because both Australian Shepherds and Bull Terriers are very trainable, however, Aussietares respond well to discipline at an early age to counteract these aggressive impulses and behavioral issues.

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