Australian Shepherd Breed Maintenance
The Australian Shepherd is not hypoallergenic is an average shedder. Their coat is easy to maintain and groom using a natural bristle brush and/or a comb. Simply brush and/or comb him a couple of times a week. When you are brushing check for burrs and other debris that could have snagged in their coat while outdoors. An Australian Shepherd should only be bathed on an as needed basis. Over-bathing can cause dry skin and hair loss. The undercoat will shed out once or twice a year depending on climate. Intact females will shed their undercoat after each heat cycle as their hormones fluctuate. When an Aussie is shedding, grooming will need to be done more often to remove the loose hair. Generally, the undercoat will come out in clumps of hair. Nails should be trimmed or a grinder can be used when needed. Generally, Australian Shepherds need to have their nails attended to every 2-3 weeks. Ears should be cleaned weekly to prevent infection.