Australian Retriever

25-52 lbs
19-23"
United States
Australian Shepherd
Golden Retriever
Aussie Golden Retriever

The Australian Retriever is a hybrid dog and consists of a mix between a Golden Retriever and an Australian Shepherd. They tend to be a combination of white, black or brown with individual dogs having different markings. Their coats are usually coarse and a bit wavy and they are moderate shedders. With both parent breeds being working dogs, the Australian Retriever has good herding instincts but they are friendly and loyal dogs and very easy to train. They aren’t big barkers and are very good with children. They enjoy swimming and are not sensitive to the weather so will do well in most climates.

Purpose
Companion, Herding, Hunting, Sport
Date of Origin
2005
Ancestry
Golden Retriever, Australian Shepherd

Australian Retriever Health

Average Size
Male Australian Retriever size stats
Height: 19-23 inches Weight: 30-60 lbs
Female Australian Retriever size stats
Height: 19-23 inches Weight: 25-52 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Eye Problems
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Skeletal
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Australian Retriever Breed History

An Australian breeder is believed to have registered the Australian Retriever with the Australian Canine Hybrid Club after breeding her black Australian Shepherd with three of her Golden Retriever females. There were four puppies in the first litter in late December 2007 and two other litters followed in 2008. The Australian Shepherd, in spite of its name, was bred in the United States in the 1840s to herd livestock and is still happiest when working. Often referred to simply as “Aussies” they earned recognition for starring in Disney movies. In 2012 one appeared in the film the Famous Five. They are often used as guide dogs and for search and rescue. Many of them are registered with the Australian Shepherd Club of America. Golden Retriever’s ancestry goes back to the 1800s from dogs bred in Britain to retrieve waterfowl and game. In 1865 a Scottish businessman and politician Dudley Marjoribanks received the only yellow puppy in a litter of black wavy-coated retrievers from a cobbler which he named Nous, which is Greek for “wisdom.” According to records, Nous was bred to a Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct) and they had four yellow puppies which are now regarded as the foundation of the Golden Retriever breed. They continued to breed using among others black Wavy-Coated Retrievers, a Red Setter and a Bloodhound creating the line that is seen today. They came to the United States in the early 1900s the first one was registered by the Australian Kennel Club in 1925. 

Australian Retriever Breed Appearance

The Australian Retriever is a large dog with males weighing up to between 30 and 60 pounds with a height of up to 30 inches. Their coats are quite coarse and usually a bit wavy although they can be straight and stiff. They come in various colors and shades with combinations of colors including black, blonde, brindle, brown, golden and merle. These energetic and affectionate dogs are usually well built with a broad head. They have bright, expressive and small round eyes, hanging ears and a round black nose. Australian Retrievers will have traits from both the parent breeds and can vary according to individual animals.

Australian Retriever Breed Maintenance

Australian Retrievers need regular grooming  to keep them looking good so it will be best to brush them at least twice a week. If the dog is brushed regularly it won’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year with a good dog shampoo. Occasionally trimming can be done to keep your Australian Retriever’s fur from matting. During grooming sessions check the ears and teeth. It’s a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth regularly to keep them healthy. Clipping the nails should be done regularly to prevent splintering.

Australian Retriever Temperament

Australian Retrievers are very intelligent and loyal dogs and very loving towards their owners. They are energetic, affectionate and playful but can be quite possessive over their belongings and their family. While they are good with other animals and with children, their tendency towards possessiveness may need to be monitored when children are around. While they are not known to bark a lot, Australian Retrievers make good watchdogs and are very easy to train. With all dogs it is best to start training as soon as possible but these breeds are very responsive. With their Australian Shepherd ancestry they do have a herding instincts, but are good family pets. Because of their instincts for retrieving, from the Golden Retriever side, good games to train them with will be those involving balls or frisbees. Considering the Australian Retriever is a combination of an Australian Shepherd and a Golden Retriever, their temperament will be quite similar. 

Australian Retriever Activity Requirements

Because Australian Retrievers have so much energy they will need regular exercise preferably twice a day. Both parent breeds need plenty of exercise, so the Australian Retriever will be much the same. To prevent boredom and any destructive behavior from setting in, walk or exercise your dog for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day. Ball games and frisbee are a good way of keeping the dog active and stimulated but make sure the dog is in a safe, enclosed environment when off the leash. These breeds do best in a home with a large fenced in yard so they can also run freely. The Australian Retriever will do well in hot or cold climates.

Australian Retriever Owner Experiences

Tyson
8 Weeks
7 People
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My dog is extremely independent. In fact, I have two Australian retriever puppies: Max and Tyson. They are really loving and LOVE to be in the house with me. They've only have three accidents in the house, all peeing. The fight for my attention often and they love to fight each other.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Sia
6 Months
4 People
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Playing ball, Tug of war, hearding cats
This my first Aussi/ retriver. I adore her. She is so intelligent it's hard to keep ahead of her. She so eager to learn
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Meadow
7 Months
2 People
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Run
catch
she has sooo much energy and am having trouble stopping play biting
4 months, 1 week ago
Hazel
3 Years
2 People
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Sniffing
snow
Fetch
Swim
Walk
training
She loves to swim. She will only play fetch if it's to fetch her orange Chuck-It ball from the lake. If we throw it on land she'll chase it but won't bring it back. She also loves to run through and roll around in the snow. She was abused/neglected for her first two years, so she's very skittish. She dislikes other dogs but I think this is because of her original owner rather than a breed trait. She ONLY likes Huskies and Husky-mixes. With new non-Husky dogs she'll put on a big show to let them know to leave her alone, but she does ultimately warm up to them if they stick around. Hates the shower but is very compliant when being bathed or brushed. Gentle with and watchful over babies and toddlers. Prefers to be in the room with people, but remains a wallflower. Loves people more if they ignore her when they first meet her. She likes to get to know you on her terms. Hardly chews on toys or random household objects. Comes to life when outside, is subdued and nervous inside. Super fast learner, but too nervous to always do what you're telling her to do.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Luna lovegood
7 Months
6 People
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He is reslly good and friendly plus súper duper cute
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Whiskey
5 Years
3 People
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Whiskey is so loving, sometimes a bit pushy, but he means well. He wants to be friends with all dogs, cats, and people even if they dont want to be friends with him. He is scared of swimming/baths, but loves the shower.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Nala
3 Years
3 People
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Run
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Fetch
Chase
She's a handful and easily jealous but my furbaby regardless
7 months, 1 week ago
Cooper
11 Weeks
3 People
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Simple commands as sit, lie down,
Fetch
Cooper is the friendliest pup I've met. He does nip and honestly does not understand that puppy teeth and nipping hurt!! He doesn't seem to mind being reprimanded by his elder, a 7 yr old chocolate lab German shorthair mix. He is very playful, genuinely happy, and picks up on training techniques very quickly! Simple training is a breeze with this sweet pup! He likes to mimic the "older brother Charlie" when barking very loud anytime he's excited or feels the need to be heard. (Howling at the phone ringing, loudly greeting guests into his home, etc.) Cooper picks up on any repetitive actions and puppy training pads, we didn't even bother kenneling during the 4-5 hours he was human free during the day and night! Beware of these puppy eyes for they could get ANYTHING they want!
9 months ago
Izzy
2 Years
4 People
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Playing in the snow
Dog
Dressing up
Swim
Cuddling
It has been great. Only down side is that she can be destructive...but that is probable because we do nit walk her enough. She is gentle and affectionate. She loves other dogs and plays nicely.
1 year ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd