Australian Shepherd

35-55 lbs
18-21"
United States
Aussie, Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bob-Tail

The Australian Shepherd is a very smart and loyal companion, but he is also a very active dog who needs to be kept occupied. The Australian Shepherd is excellent at dog sports such as herding trials, tracking, agility, flyball, tricks, and obedience. The Aussie, as they are commonly called, requires a family that is willing to provide structure, training and plenty of exercise. He will herd animals, people, and objects by nipping at them and barking. The Aussie can become very obnoxious and destructive if left alone without a job to do. The Australian Shepherd is actually not from Australia but rather was developed in the United States as a herding dog.

Purpose
livestock herding
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
basque shepherd

Australian Shepherd Health

Sketch of Australian Shepherd
Average Size
Male Australian Shepherd size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Female Australian Shepherd size stats
Height: 18-21 inches Weight: 35-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataract
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • CEA
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Deafness
  • OCD
  • Nasal Solar Dermatitis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Hearing

Australian Shepherd Breed History

The Australian Shepherd originated not in Australia as the name suggests, but rather in the western United States during the Gold Rush in the 1840s. The Aussie was bred to herd livestock, particularly sheep. He is the happiest when he has a job to perform such as herding or performing tricks. The name, Australian Shepherd, most likely comes from their ancestors who likely came to the United States by way of Australia. It is claimed that the Basque people from Europe settled with their sheepdogs in Australia. These people then moved, with their sheepdogs, to the western United States. American herders working sheep herds probably began calling the dogs Australian Shepherds because of their previous residence in Australia. In the 1950s the Australian Shepherd was a trick-dog in rodeos and films. This increased the breed’s popularity. Aussies were first registered with the National Stock Dog Registry, formerly the International English Shepherd Registry. In 1957, the Australian Shepherd Club of America was formed and quickly became the largest Australian Shepherd registry within the United States. The United States Australian Shepherd Association was formed to try to gain recognition by the American Kennel Club. In 1993, the American Kennel Club finally recognized the Australian Shepherd and began registering dogs and litters. The Aussie can be used as a working ranch dog, herding the livestock. He can also be a guide dog for the blind and/or hearing impaired. He has been used as a search and rescue dog, a drug detecting dog and a therapy dog. He also enjoys performing tricks and doing agility as well as playing with his family in the yard.

Australian Shepherd Breed Appearance

The Australian Shepherd should have a slightly longer body and should be active, agile and sturdy. His front legs and hind legs should be equal in width and standing square. The Aussie has almond shaped eyes that can be brown, blue or amber and are intelligent and alert. His ears should be triangular and set high on the head, ears should be folded over but not hanging. Blue merles and black must have a black nose but red merles and reds must have a liver colored nose. Most Australian Shepherds have their tails docked, but they can be left naturally bobbed. The Aussie has a double coat and is weather resistant. He does not have a long coat, but does have a dense coat. The undercoat will shed out usually in the spring or summer. Intact females will shed after each heat cycle. The outer coat should be straight but it is acceptable to have a slight curl.

Appearance of Australian Shepherd
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Australian Shepherd eyes
Blue
brown Australian Shepherd eyes
Brown
amber Australian Shepherd eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Australian Shepherd nose
Black
brown Australian Shepherd nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Australian Shepherd coat
Black
red Australian Shepherd coat
Red
blue Australian Shepherd coat
Blue
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Australian Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

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.

Brushes for Australian Shepherd
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Australian Shepherd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Australian Shepherd Temperament

The Australian Shepherd was bred to be dominant with livestock and they will try to take the pack leader role in a family home. The Aussie can be a great family companion when training is consistent and he understands his role within the family unit. Keeping the Australian Shepherd occupied can be a battle if he is unable to get enough exercise and keep his brain actively engaged. Aussies do extremely well when engaged in agility, water diving, obedience and herding. He can also be kept active by learning new tricks and going for long walks within their neighborhood. A fenced yard is required for an Australian Shepherd to keep them from trying to herd cars, children or other animals in the neighborhood. Australian Shepherds are loyal to their family and by nature are a little standoffish with strangers and other dogs. Early socialization is necessary to make sure the Aussie is able to adjust to new situations.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Australian Shepherd Popularity

Popularity ranking
#16
Popular Hybrids
Bossie
Boston Terrier
Australian Shepherd
Bossie
Bull-Aussie
English Bulldog
Australian Shepherd
Bull-Aussie
English King
English Cocker Spaniel
Australian Shepherd
English King
Border-Aussie
Australian Shepherd
Border Collie
Border-Aussie

Australian Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Australian Shepherd Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Australian Shepherd at six months
Male Australian Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 28 lbs
Female Australian Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 19 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Australian Shepherd at 12 months
Male Australian Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Female Australian Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 37 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Australian Shepherd at 18 months
Male Australian Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 62 lbs
Female Australian Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs

Top Australian Shepherd Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Australian Shepherd breeders of 2018.
Top Australian Shepherd breeder Pine Springs Aussies
Pine Springs Aussies
Mineral, Virginia
Top Australian Shepherd breeder Samilyn Aussies
Samilyn Aussies
Whitmore Lake, Michigan
Top Australian Shepherd breeder Bunkhouse Aussies
Bunkhouse Aussies
Albertville, Alabama
Top Australian Shepherd breeder Ranch Mott
Ranch Mott
San Tan Valley, Arizona
Top Australian Shepherd breeder Hatch Horses and Aussies
Hatch Horses and Aussies
Snowflake, Arizona
Top Australian Shepherd breeder Envy Aussies
Envy Aussies
Scottsdale, Arizona
Top Australian Shepherd breeder Rocking Diamond Ranch
Rocking Diamond Ranch
Phoenix, Arizona
Top Australian Shepherd breeder Aussie for Me
Aussie for Me
Santa Maria, California
Top Australian Shepherd breeder Nitania Aussies
Nitania Aussies
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Top Australian Shepherd breeder JnD's Australian Shepards
JnD's Australian Shepards
Slinger, Wisconsin

Australian Shepherd Owner Experiences

Bingley
2 Years
4 People
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Tricks
Run
Bike ride
Mr. Bingley is the sweetest dog you will ever meet. He can learn tricks faster than you can blink and is willing to do whatever you want...unless he finds a dead animal in the woods...! We don't have enough time to consistently exercise him and so he started to steal our socks and chew them. To fix the problem, we are currently working on training him to put the socks in a basket, instead of getting mad at him for finding something to occupy himself with. When we do have some time to play with him, he loves to go on long runs and play fetch. He's excited by our other animals, chases the chickens and occasionally the cat, but respects people. Bingley's gorgeous with auburn eyes and a tricolor coat that needs frequent grooming. Despite his lower activity level, he is healthy and fit--okay maybe he's a little chubby but that's better than going hungry!
5 hours ago
Bella
10 Years
3 People
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She loves when we give her waffles and rotisstrie
Bella enjoys just chilling with us!
We Like to play and spend time outside!
We love teaching her new tricks!
We got Bella when she was 7,so we assumed she wasn't going to be a playful puppy anymore, but she loves to play with us and just have a good time! She's very affectionate will lay with you and cuddle right next to you when she's tired! She's not very energetic like many Aussies, except when she gets excited. She's very laid back, and quite lazy to be honest! Though when we get home, she goes nuts and can't contain herself! She is very unique. She has one blue and one brown eye, and is brown, black, grey, and white. She has the sweetest face, and you'll find you can't say no to her when she gives you puppy eyes! Like any other dog, she is very afraid of fireworks and thunder. She'll start to shake actually! She's definitely one of the best dogs ever, possibly THE best, and we couldn't be luckier with her!!
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Sydney
13 Years
2 People
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Sydney was a wonderful dog! She was my "adventure buddy" and did a lot of outdoor activities with me. She loved tearing around with me in-line skating, jogging, skiing, kayaking, and going anyplace in the car. She was great off-leash and would never run off. As a matter of fact, she would get upset if I got out of eyeshot, and would try to find me; we played may games of hide and seek!! I trained her so I could brush her teeth every night, and she had great breath. She did have a propensity to eat poop however (horse, aged to a fine vintage, was her favorite). Later in her life she developed a breathing problem common in dogs and panted loudly often.
2 months ago
Cupcake
14 Months
5 People
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Frisbee
Running
riding in cars
Playing Ball
Walking
Sweet, loving, trainable, loyal, wants to be by your side
2 months ago
Monster
12 Years
3 People
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Runs in the field
Car rides
Monster is a mini Aussie and loves cuddling and licking and being needy. She always wants attention and enjoys trying to herd us to our seats when she wants our food. She does not warm up to people easily and is a really cautious pupper.
4 months ago
Jak-A-Roux
1 Year
2 People
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This is my first Aussie but have had many different breeds of dogs. He is by far the easiest dog I've had to train and loads of personality.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Gracie
10 Months
2 People
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Gracie is Energetic, Loyal, and Loving. She greatly enjoys frisbee play at any time or place. Her favorite thing to do is include frisbee time in one of our many hikes.
7 months, 1 week ago
Rocky
3 Years
3 People
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Rocky is very happy, and loveable, and is always ready to play. When someone isn't feeling well, he knows and will be extra sweet and cuddly. He tries to catch any animal he sees, especially squirrels and cats. He isn't socialized well, but I know if he was, he wouldn't bark like he does. He's very territorial, and protective. If I'm in any perceived danger, he comes to my rescue, even if I don't need it haha. I'm convinced he'd die to protect me. He's my 12 yr olds best friend, and so happy when playing with him. He loves carrying things around, and having a special toy,or bone. He's really smart, understands everything I say. He can get bossy with our other dog at times, and competes for attention but listens when I say no. Loves food, and I use treats to get him to listen. Works every time. He is a natural support dog, and is my best friend. I don't know what I'd do without him. He also "talks" a lot, it's very cute. He loves water, and going in ponds.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
8 Years
People
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Petting/Affection
Sniffing
Running
Eating Snacks
Walking
I regularly walk an 8 year old Australian Shepherd, and she is the sweetest and gentlest dog I have ever met! She sometimes barks when I enter the house, but after a quick sniff she waits patiently, lets me clip her leash and we are out the door. She LOVES being outside. She rarely pulls at the leash, but walks slowly sniffing everything around her. She is sneaky in that she will try to snatch any sort of "snack" she encounters. Often she will grab something without me noticing and carry it in her mouth until we get home, then just outside the front door she will drop it, examine it, and chew on it. She is not very interested in other dogs, doesn't really react negatively, but will definitely not seek them out. She is really intelligent and well trained and responds super well to commands. She is very protective of her owner and her house and as soon as I mention home she picks up the pace and beelines it for the house. She is also fairly shy to new people, but is so gentle and warms up quickly. Her favorite thing is being petted and adored.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
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Energy
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Dog Parks
Fetch
Chase
Agility training
Tug-of-war
Play
Explore the woods
Run
Walk
Go to Park
The Agile Aussie! Australian shepherds are truly phenomenal. They are affectionate, hyper intelligent, protective, good-natured, and active. Australian Shepherds love people, children, and other dogs alike. I have never met an unfriendly Aussie, and am starting to believe that they do not exist. One of the most stunning qualities of this breed is their pure happiness. There is nothing better than seeing the expressive and dopey smile of these supreme pups. They are sensitive and wildly attentive to those they are close to. Their kindness is only matched by their raw athleticism. It is of no surprise that the winners of many agility competitions are Australian shepherd. Their iconic feature is their heterochromia or two differently colored eyes as well as their one of a kind coat pattern, which can range from solid blue or red to red or blue merle, which is a combination of black, gray, tan, and blue or red. They are dazzling and striking to see in person. Some people often confuse Australian Shepherds with Border collies, as they have the same morphology. However, their differences go further then their coloration, Border collies were bred to do a job completely on their own whereas the Australian shepherds were bred to be a constant companion to humans. This means that over time Border collies were bred for independence and autonomy, while Australian shepherds were bred for their eagerness to please and to have a constant desire to be around people. This makes the breed extremely sociable and amiable to all dogs and humans, especially in comparison to the more standoffish Border collies. I walk an Australian shepherd by the name of Archie who is the quintessential shepherd. He is happy, happy, HAPPY!!! I don’t think that there is a single day that he does not have his mouth agape and his tongue out widely. Archie is accepting of all creatures, even cats. Even when another dog barks at him, he just smiles and pants. He whimpers in order to greet them and is visibly sad when he is not meeting other humans and dogs. Australian shepherds are also emotionally brilliant. Because of their long history with human companionship, they are very much attuned to the emotions of those close to them. They are one of the most loyal and protective breeds that will not only want to protect you from danger, but also console you when downtrodden. They are the perfect breed in my humble opinion.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
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Walk
pet
Australian Shepherds are very adorable and fluffy dogs. They were very defensive of their home at first, but warmed up to treats and were absolutely precious towards me after a few seconds. They were excited to go on their walk, even in the pouring rain, and loved stopping and sniffing as many things as possible. They played very well with each other (siblings), as well as with other dogs (and cats). Despite their defense at first, they never barked along the walk at other animals or dogs. They had huge smiled on their faces the whole time, which made for wonderful pictures, and they loved getting their bellies rubbed after the walk. All in all they had very sweet dispositions and seemed to love people.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
People
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Runnng
Eating Snacks
lounging
wrestling
Exploring
Being off the leash
Cudding
Ralphie, my first border was and Aussie Mix. Not quite sure what he was mixed with, but his color, face, and behaviorisms fit what I was used to with the breed. He had a mild alpha disposition about him and was easily excited when it was time for a walk or playing. My Husky Mix also has a strong Alpha Sense about him, but Ralphie quickly fit into that mix and they became friends and perfect walkers together. This did mean that displays of slight aggression like random growling after posing on one another, and food was off limits but they played well and even cuddled on the bed together with me. Well-tempered dog, though they can be on the vocal side. Excited name calling worked for stealing his attention, and much like my husky, snapping and vocalizations mixed well with hand motions. Highly trainable dog and great natural disposition since the Alpha complex isn’t as strong. Awesome breed and one that seems to work well with my High Alpha Husky Mix.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
6 Years
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Adventures
Playing
Walking
Australian shepherds are such playful dogs! From minis through regular-sized breeds, all the Aussies I’ve met have been wonderful to interact with. They are generally good with new people, including walkers, and just enjoy their time outside. They are adventurous and playful, often getting along with other dogs and people. With a bit of a longer coat, you may want to keep up with regular grooming to reduce shedding and maintain a healthy coat and a happy pup. The Aussie’s I’ve walked have loved all weather – snow through summer! From my experience they are easy to train and are rather food motivated. They can be very independent dogs and are overall a very intelligent breed that loves to play and simply enjoy life and the other people and dogs in it.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
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Charlie, the mini Australian Shepherd I've walked several times, loves to be pet and is very affectionate even with strangers. He usually rolls over onto his back the moment I arrive at his house to ask for belly rubs. He also loves to go for walks and is a surprisingly fast walker for his size. He gets very excited when he sees me pick up his leash. He doesn't bark at all when I arrive but he barks non-stop from the moment he sees me pick up his leash until we get downstairs and are outside. Even though he's on the younger side, he is an extremely good walker. He passes people and other dogs with no problem and is great about waiting at red lights. If he gets antsy about waiting, bending down and petting him always helps. He'll relax and come over to cuddle with me. He doesn't seem to love the colder weather, however, and once when I walked him during the snow he was a bit reluctant to stay outside for the whole time.
9 months ago
1 Year
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I have walked a few Australian Shepherds and have fallen in love with each and every one of them! They were a bit wary of me at first, but when they saw me grab their leash, they became very excited. I have probably had my best walks with this breed. They love to run and do not stop much to sniff around. They seem focused on their walk and this has made them a great exercise partner! One gets very excited with squirrels. Squirrels were the only thing that could distract him from his walk. But he was always a great listener and it was not difficult to get him to move on. I absolutely love Australian Shepherds! They are great dogs for those looking for an active, loyal and affectionate doggy!
9 months ago
5 Months
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The Australian Shepherd I walked was extremely friendly and energetic; liked to run once in a while on our walk. He also enjoyed playing and being petted.
9 months ago
7 Years
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Running
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The australian shepherds I've walked have all been well behaved and loving dogs! They're always very excited to get outside and love interacting with other dogs. They do get excited by smaller animals such as cats, squirrels, or rats and will try to get after tham, but as these are not the largest dogs, they're easy to control. They love being let loose at the dog park and running around with other dogs. They have friendly temperaments and love to chase and be chased. They are natural herders so any chance they get to run in the open is their preferred method of exercise. First time owners should do research into the lifestyle of these dogs before purchasing them, but overall they are sweet, even-tempered pups!
9 months ago
4 Years
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I love australian shepherds they are soooooo cute and loveable. The australian shepherd I walked was very shy at first it took her a little to warm up but very sweet pup and energetic. It loved to play around and run. I think they need a lot of exercise to keep them healthy because they are big dogs. Australian shepherds are a very smart bread that enjoy running they can walk for a long time. People love australian shepherds because they are very well behaved and australian shepherds will get a lot of attention on the street, they are a people lover. When walking past other dogs she was very friendly the other dogs did not seem to bother her at all. I think that australian shepherds like getting petted and enjoy belly rubs. They have a lot of fur that sheds a lot and need a lot of grooming and maintenance . Overall this bread would make a great companion to have.
9 months ago
6 Years
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Running
Aussie Shepherds are a playful, super high energy breed usually in medium to large sizes. They are very vocal and friendly with humans, so greet them excitedly and they do not need much time to warm up to you. It helps to channel a authoritative energy and speak to them in an assertive tone. Try to mix in some jogs and keep to a brisk pace when on a walk after business in taken care of. They are highly intelligent and enjoy challenging walks, obstacles and routes. And they are usually happy to walk by your side and should not be pulling too much, though for those that aren’t taught to leash manners, you’ll find yourself being pulled along by a strong dog. As they were bred to be a herding, working dog, they can get in hunt mode with birds, squirrels etc. so keep an eye out for these on your walk.
9 months ago
5 Years
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Hike
Brushing
Fetch
Agility training
Obedience classes
Play
Swim
Catch treats
Learn a new trick
Frisbee
Walk
Go to Park
Go to Beach
Australian Shepherd are full of energy and life! They are a very smart breed, but will become neurotic and express bad behaviors if they are not given enough exercise or a job to do. They have herding tendencies, which is an issue if you live in close quarters because they will try to herd anyone that moves quickly, which is the last thing you want if you are rushing to get ready for work in the morning. They have a double coat and need to be brushed out one to three times a week, because they shed a lot. They are also very vocal dogs, they will bark or make noises when they are playing tug. Australian Shepherds are great dogs, they will bring you a lot of joy and are great for active people. I have never witnessed any aggression from Australian Shepherds. They do love their food and treats, so weight management can become an issue.
9 months ago
9 Months
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chasin
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This Aussie that I walk is a 9 month old puppy. Very happy and excited about life, all the time! He can be stubborn and try to get you to do what he wants but little does he know thats not going to happen. He is super funny and inquisitive. He knows basic commands and its kind of surprising how smart he is because there are some dogs that are 9 years old and don't listen as good as him. I like spending my time with him because he gets better and smarter all the time! I would enjoy owning an Australian Shepherd of my own :)
9 months ago
2 Years
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I've walked a bunch of Aussie's and they're so much fun. My favorite was Taco in NYC such a cutie. I miss him very much
9 months ago
14 Years
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Playing in the snow
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My grandparents were Australian shepherd breeders, so I grew up with the breed, and I have walked and groomed and cared for several. The one in this example, Kola, a 14 year old, was very energetic, despite her age, and loved to walk, and play tug of war, and to steal your stuff so you would chase her, even though she was mostly blind and deaf. She was very clever, as most aussie's are, and liked to be kept busy. I talked to her while I was walking her, and she would talk back. She was easy to train as well, and caught on to new tricks quickly. You could easily motivate her to do almost anything, if it was new and interesting, or with a treat if it wasn't. As her other senses went, she became mostly interested in exploring things she could smell, and loved to be taken to the beach, where she could run in the surf, and sniff everything that got washed up. And she LOVED to swim. She was always very friendly with other people, other dogs, and even cats, but would occasionally try to herd groups of things, like birds or small children. However, she was never aggressive at all, just maybe a little bossy. As for grooming, Australian Shepherds have chaps in the back, and they pick up all manner of junk when they are out exploring. She had to be brushed very frequently, every day if she was out hiking or adventuring, every week otherwise. However, she loved to be brushed, so it was easy to groom her. A shedding comb is useful for this breed, to strip out the undercoat they build up during the winter, if you live somewhere warmer and they don't shed it all out by summer. Kola was always eager to have her leash put on and go somewhere, anywhere, for an adventure, and had plenty of stamina for long walks, even as she got older. Australian shepherd, above all, need to be kept busy, and given a job to do, or they will invent something, and it probably won't be something you like! My best advice is long daily walks to the dog park, and some time to play off leash outdoors.
9 months ago
2 Years
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Jogging
Exploring
fast walking
Fetch
Australian Shepherds are high energy in nature. They may jump on you when curious or excited. They take interest in their surroundings and like to move fast when given the chance. They aim to please their owner and tend to listen to directions but sometimes their curiosities get the best of them. Generally pleasant in disposition, Aussies don't tend to lash out against other humans or dogs. Friendly, good natured dogs.
9 months ago
1 Year
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Tag
Shake
Speak
Fetch
Going to the park
Nap
Play
Walk
Australian Shepherds, in my experience, are balls of energy! They require faster paces to exert the proper amount of energy. They are strong dogs who love to sniff, so I place emphasis on remaining alert of possible triggers. They get rambunctious and can nip as a result, but are quick learners. Redirection techniques work well in calming efforts. They love affection in the form of belly rubs and hugs. If properly exercised, I find they will take a long nap halfway through the day! They love to be close to you.
9 months ago
1 Year
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Walking
Running
doing tricks
chasing squirrels
I absolutely adore Australian Shepherds; they are a beautiful, lively breed with a lust for life. This breed requires an owner who is willing to commit to giving this dog proper exercise and stimulation. If left without proper stimulation, this breed has potential to get into lots of mischief like digging holes or tearing up the house. This breed is extremely smart and will catch on to learning new tricks very quickly. It can be difficult to outsmart an Aussie at times; they are very alert, and always know what is going on. This is a working breed and they love to be given a job. Australian Shepherds shed pretty frequently and require lots of brushing to avoid getting fur all over the house. They do well around other dogs; they can be very friendly towards other dogs and will play, but will just ignore dogs that they dislike. Aussies have been known to nip at strangers, but do not usually pose a serious threat of biting.
9 months ago
2 Years
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Eating Snacks
Cuddling
Running
Hike
Playing
Walking
My mini austrailian shepherd is the sweetest! She loves to cuddle, walk, run, and play! She loves to eat and she is the sweetest. She cuddles in bed with me and goes on long walks. They do tend to nip at the heels since they are bred to herd sheep.
9 months ago
6 Years
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Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Herding
Jumping
Playing fetch
chasing
Throughout my experience with Australian Shepherd, I would say I am over-qualified in knowledge of this breed. I personally adopted an Australian Shepherd and have walked many different dogs of this breed as well. In my home, the dog tends to herd our family members as an instinct, wanting us all to be together in the same room. During my experiences with walks, he’ll tend to chase anything that moves; cars, dogs, bikes, squirrels, ect. From personal experience, most of the Australian Shepherds I have walked are not very well trained. They are stubborn and will try to be the leader, not taking direction or corrections well. Continually scolding the dog does not seem to correct the wrong behavior, leading me to believe the training needs to begin at the youngest age possible. Early socialization seems to be necessary to make sure he is able to adjust to new situations and new people. The Australian Shepherd will learn what he can get away with and do anything within his power to lead with these behaviors. Even though he takes the leader role in the pack, I have never had a bad experience walking with an Aussie. He is a great family companion in a single dog home. However, I would recommend introducing an Aussie to another dog with extreme caution. I have found they are very dominant over their home location and owners, ready to defend and hold the leader position in tact. Further from the temperament of the dog, an Australian Shepherd is extremely loving and passionate. The dog will always want to be next to someone, cuddling or petting them. He is extremely active, needing daily walks and runs in a dog park. Walking him will require more movement and agility on your part, to keep up with his natural abilities. His mind moves as fast as his body, which is why you should always keep this breed close and at your side. Keeping him on a leash or in a fenced in area is ideal, as they tend to chase anything that passes. Try to keep him away from children, as he will attempt to nip at them, as it is an instinctive way to herd the ‘animals’ back together. As well as children, try to keep distance from cars and other animals nearby. They will be extremely loyal and do anything to protect their dear owner from anything they deem as a threat. Extremely loving dog, will guard your house as his own!
9 months ago
2 Years
People
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Friendliness
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Pastimes
She was super sweet. She wanted to chase every squirrel and go meet every dog. She loved running. We ran about 10 min of the walk.
9 months ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
jump
bark
Walk
I walked 2 pups at the same time. They were the sweetest pups, I ended up walking them on a recurring schedule. Every time I came in the house they were very excited and would come greet me at the door. If they pulled on the leash, with a small tug they would stop, look back at me and make sure I was ready to continue the walk. Prior to walking these pups, I did not have much experience with this breed. These pups made me a HUGE fan of these dogs. They are very sweet and have the sweetest smiles. Their temperament is great for a family with kids as they have high energy but are sweet and listen well. Also their fur is very beautiful and these dogs are amazing animals.
9 months ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playdate
Running
Playing with toys
Eating Snacks
Fetch
The Australian Shepherd that I walk was the biggest fluff ball of energy I have ever seen! He was so happy to see someone that was going to walk him. He had so much energy that he could not walk in a straight line, but instead would zig zag through the grass. He was so friendly toward other dogs that if he saw one across the street, he would go berserk trying to get to them. After a very long hour walk he still was not tired and wanted to play with his toys. He was a very sweet boy and Australian Shepherds are truly beautiful!
9 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Walk
Fetch
The Australian Shepherd loved to play fetch and jump. Was a great walker on a leash and loved to run from time to time. This dog was such a sweetheart and loved attention. The dog was in good physical health but did have a recent surgery for eye health. The dog was well groomed for being a dog that sheds. The dog knew commands like sit and shake. Overall a super sweet dog!
9 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking, running, tugging on the leash, eating
I walked two Australian shepherds for a client on wag! These two pups love to walk. One has brown eyes and the other has steely blue eyes. They are beautiful grey and brown dogs that walk very well in all courses of weather. They are brother and sister. The female dog is slightly smaller in size compared to the male dog. The male dog is definitely the leader of the pack. The female dog is mischievous and will bite on the leash. The male dog is laid back and will listen to commands easily. Both dogs will listen to commands. The female dog will test you and your commands, but if you are stern, she will listen. Both dogs have long coats that need grooming. If they get into the woods, burs will stick to their fur. The best quality of the dogs are their affectionate nature. They are active and actively loving. Both dogs want activity and want to be outside. They will pull because they want to play or run. They are fast runners.
9 months ago
6 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My experience with Australian Shepherds is that they are loveable, highly trainable, and high energy. They enjoy running, chasing birds or squirrels, but they occassionally stop to catch their breath. They are family dogs who are loyal to their pack and happy to receive attention.
9 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Cuddling
being carried
This australian shepherd had three legs and loved to be around people. He was very wuick on the walk, but would get tired easily. He also preferred to be carried up his stairs.
9 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking a
Walk
Miss Marcy and I met at the door. I have been net by an Australian Shepherd before so I was a little hesitant. Miss Marcy was great. She was a little slow about letting me put her harness on. Once we got past that things were a little easier. She liked to jump up at the leash in the beginning. She got better as we continued. Marcy listened well and sat at corners for me. I tried to keep her distracted from other dogs. She loved to smell in the bushes along the way and was definitely NOSE HUNTING. A quick pull and a "Come Miss Marcy" helped with her focus. When we got back to her house she eagerly went in. I took her off of her leash and she went and got a ball for me. We played catch a few times in the house. Miss Marcy was very accepting of me after our first walk. I have walked her several times. She is amazing.
9 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
The Australian Shepherds I’ve worked with have all been extremely intelligent and personable. They are very playful and motivated by activities- some even resort to their herding instincts and will try to herd people! Their coats are soft and thick, and as long as they are given the appropriate training and attention, they’re great family dogs!
9 months ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Walk
Bella is a toy Aussie that I have walked with her brother a toy poodle. Bella was very easy going and she walked and ran with me. She great listening and heeling. Her brother is younger and was all over the place but she did a great job.
9 months ago
20 Months
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
High Five
Eating Snacks
Dog Parks
Speak
Off-leash
Hide & Seek
Dog-friendly events
Fetch
Chase
Play
Brushing
Hike
Tug-of-war
Road trip
Explore the woods
Run
Walk
Go to Park
Go to Beach
I am a proud mom of an Miniature Aussie. She is full energy and needs exercise everyday. I walk and run her everyday. I got her as a puppy and did all the training myself. She know how to come, heel, sit, down, fetch, stay, high five and still easy to train. She loves everyone and everything. I make a point to socialize her and keep her active. I don’t keep her hair short but I do groom her myself. On the weekends, I take her hiking and let her off leash to teach her to heel and come on command but still let her have her freedom. She is great on leash but does get excited to meet other furry friend.
9 months ago
6 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
love
I love Aussie Sheperds!!! I recently walked a dog named, Maggie. She was one of the best dogs I have ever walked. She was so well trained and so smart!! Walking her was a pleasure. She never pulled, was calm around other dogs, and was just so wonderful to be around. Aussie Sheperds are incredibly intelligent and can be the best dogs to have as a pet.
9 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
This shepherde I walked was vary hyper active and loved to go on the grass. He also liked to run and play with other dogs his size. When he sees u he likes to jump on u and lick your face. He also pulls a lot.
9 months ago
3 Months
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He really enjoyed meeting other people and dogs
Running
playing keep away
Since Quavo was so young, he still had so much puppy energy, which was awesome! He was a bit timid once walking on the streets with all of the loud noises downtown has to offer but he quickly warmed up after a few minutes.
9 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Stella, the Australian Sheppard that I walk almost every week is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever met! She is beautiful and her coat is so soft and she is so gentle. She LOVES to run so when I walk her I always make sure I take her to a place with a flat surface which is usually a neighborhood park that has a track around it because she LOVES to run as much as possible. She also loves other dogs and is always looking to make new friends. She is usually very obedient but doesnt always listen to commands but part of that is because the Australian Shepard I walk is still a puppy so she will learn.
9 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Explore the woods
Run
Play
Chase
Explore the city
The australian shepherd I met was friendly and sweet! She enjoyed meeting other people and dogs, as well as play with passing dogs and people. She was very prone to exploring, but easy to guide to certain areas.
9 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chew Bones
Fetch
Chase
Hike
Run
Playdate
My experience with Australian Shepherds has shown them to be very energetic, good dogs for physical activity. An Australian Shepherd (or Aussie) would be a good running or hiking partner and I have no doubt that they would be great in agility exercises. They are trainable, and catch on quickly to normal commands ("sit," "stay," "leave it, etc.) and with their high intelligence I think it's reasonable to believe that they could be trained for more involved work. The Aussies I have walked have done great with an invisible fence and even were allowed to roam free on their unfenced ranch property (near a main road). The understood their boundaries and obeyed them. When walking, they didn’t need to be leashed as they would stay right with me or their owners. Although they had very curious dispositions they seemed to prefer to obey than to explore. The owners credited this to their talented trainer, but I think the breed has a natural affitinity for this type of behavior. They are friendly and normally enjoy a person’s company, but prefer play over snuggles. As such, they are loyal companions and loving pets, and will make your guests feel welcome, but they will also likely warn you of any intruders and won’t be particularly keen on the attention of strangers. They are more likely to be fixated on the antics of a squirrel and making their plans-of-attack than to pay attention to a person on the street. Keep an eye out for the “toy” or “mini” Aussies. This version is like a puppy forever, never out-growing that adorable fluffiness. They have shorter legs and aren’t quite so coordinated as a result, but still have the heart and drive of a typical Australian Shepherd. For those with a smaller home, these might be a good option. The Aussies I’ve known have aged well. The kind old “gentleman” I “walk” (we don’t really walk, he sleeps and I sit with him and give him his pills) is still kind and playful and obedient. Occasionally he even romps with his younger siblings. But he has some hip pain after years of an active lifestyle and takes pills for the pain. With good training and an active lifestyle to help with their excess of energy, Aussies can be a great canine buddy, and I highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for an active, athletic dog.
9 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Jumping
Long walks
Making friends
Australian shepherds are usually very excitable and up for anything. Sometimes hard to control if not well trained. Very friendly, want to meet everyone and sniff everything. Very affectionate and social. Occasionally won’t get along well with other dogs or will want to chase squirrels/cats. They don’t bark much, and are fairly independent.
9 months ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Eating Snacks
Off-leash
Fetch
Explore the woods
Run
Walk
Very friendly and easy to get along with. Some have been a little more shy than others, usually the females more shy, but still friendly. Enjoy playing fetch with chuck-it toy. Good on off leash hikes, listens extremely well for call backs. I also walk a younger one named Bear that LOVES his toys. Once we were on a walk and he found a child's stuffed animal in a front yard and picked it up and carried it around for remainder of walk. All have been very responsive to treats and are slightly food-obsessed. Active dogs - need to be walked frequently, ran with, or let off leash. When calm can be very loving and cuddly, will rest head in your lap and want to be pet or give lots of kisses.
9 months ago
10 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
Running
Cuddling
Walking
Australian Shepherds are a wonderful breed! They have been used as cattle dogs so they do enjoy and need a good amount of exercise but they also enjoy cuddling up with you and soaking up your love. They are excitable but extremely affectionate and not aggressive at all. They are trained very easily and often have a 'person' in the family that they have the deepest connection with.
9 months ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Wrestle
Run
Walk
My most recent Australian Shepherd was a beefy guy named Tank. Tank was a really easy to walk Aussie. I think you would be hard pressed to find one of these dogs that was actually difficult or had a sour personality. Australian Shepherds are quite honestly about as human-like as it gets for canines. They are shockingly (if not terrifyingly) smart, incredibly loyal, highly energetic, and definitely affectionate. I used to own an Aussie a few years back and can attest to all of these qualities. They will easily learn words even outside of voice commands. You could practically have a conversation with an Aussie and they will react to every single word as if they completely understood English. More on my walk with Tank, he was extremely well behaved, knew exactly where he wanted to go, and was friendly to every other person and animal we came across. These traits are common with all Aussies. There are no negative things about owning or walking Australian Shepherds, and I openly admit my bias with that statement. Be warned about shedding. Aussies will shed an astonishing amount of hair. I accept any and all walks with Australian Shepherds that I can. Can you tell that they are my favorite?
9 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Explore the woods
Explore the city
A very energetic dog, definitely needs a lot of exercise! Can be prone to pulling on the leash as this dog wants to go, go, go! These dogs are generally friendly, but their energy can be intimidating as they are likely to run up to other people and dogs and may surprise others with their exuberance. An off-leash dog park is the perfect place for this breed to expend their energy and play with others, without dragging their walker. If a dog park isn’t an option, then walking through an open space or green area is the next best option. These dogs are curious, and walking them on busy streets can be stressful for walkers and dogs alike. Overall, a great breed, but just be ready for their high energy levels!
9 months ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Beach
Everything
Fetch
Walks
Frisbee
Hiking
The Australian Shepherd is my favorite breed and my number one. They are super companions. Very little aggression especially on the leash. They can keep up with me daily as I’m super athletic and whether we’re hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, going to the beaches of SoCal or just letting them run free at the park. They love fetch and any shape size of a ball. They are super smart, fast, and full of love for people. Beautiful breed and if I get a dog any time in the future, I want this exact breed as my next dog. One thing i Love in a dog is there need to exercise and stimulate their minds. They are my kind of dog. They are stellar dogs, They train very well, and pick up on obedience training very quickly. They are jumpers, sprinters, and full of all kinds of tricks and stunts. An absolute awesome breed, that will stick around and give lots of doggy love and entertainment. They are also great with kids and protectors of their people. Their color tones of their fur is some of the prettiest I’ve seen for dog coats. They may even have mismatching eyes which makes them that much more beautiful. I can’t say enough good things about this breed.
9 months ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Obedience classes
Obstacle courses
They are high energy, very loyal to pack and can be a nervous dog around strangers. Engaging the brain, with obedience training, tricks or obstacle maneuvers is ideal. Highly intelligent they like a challenge.Giving them "work" to do is best suited for them. Have them carry a Backpack with water and supplies.
9 months ago
15 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Herding
Jumping
Learn a new trick
socializing
Walking
being pet
I think Australian Shepherds are one of the best family dogs you can get. They are very friendly, loyal, and devoted to their owners. They seem to be up for anything to please and spend time with their owner. They have a lot of energy, but they are very smart and can be trained easily. They are eager to please and are very sweet. They love being pet for as long as you are willing.
9 months ago
13 Years
People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
This one was the most beautiful dog that I walked and he was very old but loves waiting at the door for me and I told myself how much I was honored to walk him and everyday we always stop at the store to get a cookie and they love him so much but sadly he was put down due to cancer in bladder and prostate and he is waiting for me at the rainbow bridge.
9 months ago
Seven Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nap
Walks
Tug-of-war
Fetch
She was super sweet and very easy to walk. She was very smart and new all the basic verbal commands. She barked at the door when she heard me coming but as soon as she saw me she so kind and knew we were going for a walk so she sat. She had very long fur that definitely nee d's constant brushing.
9 months ago
Nine Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
sleep
High Five
Play
Walk
I have experience with a number of Aussie shepherds, either through Wag! Or dog daycare. I have found them to be very intelligent and friendly animals. I walked a nine year old named Bella. She was still very active, but very calm as well. She was loving and friendly towards me from the moment I arrived. I had problems getting the door open on our return home, and she was calm throughout the process. I walked a four old named Thea as well. She was a bit more excitable, but still very friendly and sweet. I know a two year old named Sawyer who can respond to his name even when said very quietly from across a room. He tries to play with people as if they are dogs, play bow and all. One of the smartest and most well-behaved dogs I’ve ever known. I know a one year old named Nori, and she is the happiest, most playful dog I know! She’s easily excited, but she’s very good with other dogs and makes friends easily. She’s good at checking in with her human during playtime to make sure she’s doing okay. I love Aussie shepherds!
9 months ago
9 Months
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing with toys
Running
playing with other pups
Walking
I walked a sweet little mini Aussie named Banjo, and Banjo lived up to his fun, jumpy name. Banjo was so excited when I got to his home, and he was even more excited once he saw that leash come out. I've never met an Aussie that wasn't friendly, and friendly is exactly what Banjo is! He ran around the park with a big smile on his face, and he insisted on saying hi to every single person or pup we passed. He did not get tired easily, and bounced around for the entire hour we were together. He was full of energy and never wanted to quit.
9 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Run
Walk
Play keep away
Pick up sticks
Australian Shepherds are super high energy and love sniffing everything. Luca is no exception to this. They like to run and jump and play. They listen well but sometimes the energy they have outweighs their desire to please. Australian shepherds need lots of exercise and grooming especially when shedding their coat. They will pick up just about anything if not trained not to do so but many breeds are like that. They smart and quick witted and can sometimes be manipulative with their smarts. They love attention and can’t get enough love. Luca loves to carry sticks for the entire walk. The bigger the better. Everyone wants to stop and say hi to him. He won’t do his business until we get to a particular spot which is a cute quirk of his.
9 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Jumping
Running
Play keep away
Fetch
Australian shepherds tend to be very active high-energy dogs. They can be very affectionate toward everyone, but love to play. They can be very jumpy. They can be both full sized and miniature. It is best to use a no-pull harness on them as they tend to pull out of excitement and can choke themselves on the leash. I’ve met a few Australian shepherds who enjoyed playing with sticks and would carry them with them on our walks. Apartments are not always the best choice for Australian shepherds as they can be destructive in the home if not given enough space. Also, they tend bark at other dogs, but are usually friendly to them. They require a lot of exercise, but are good family dogs.
9 months ago
6 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Gary is an incredibly exciteable and friendly Australian Shepherd. I've walked him for a few months, and by "walked," I mean "played fetch with for AGES because it's his favorite thing in the world!" He did not get along well with other dogs and often got nervous around them, but around other people or cats he was an absolute ray of sunshine! His preferred fetching toy of choice is a tennis ball, but occasionally he will bring out a soft stuffed duck that he loves very much. Gary does have allergies so he cannot have most treats, but when he looks at you with his sweet eyes and friendly smile, he lets you know that your presence is a treat in and of itself.
9 months ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
It is one of my favorite breeds. They are very smart, affectionate and energetic. They need to be leash trained as they have a tendency to pull and want to go a little faster, but they are easily trainable and want to please.
9 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
playing with other dogs
This particular young Australian Shepherd was very high-energy. He pulled a bit on the leash, but overall he was a good walk and wanted to say hi to everyone - person and dog. He was good with dogs and would play nicely. He seemed to really just enjoy being outside in general, and was much calmer inside.
9 months ago
6 Months
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
chasing squirrels
I have walked an Australian shepard puppy multiple times that loves to say hello to everyone on the street! I have also walked an Aussie that was sometimes dog aggressive. However, a common theme with Aussies that I have found is that they have a lot of energy and require a lot of exercise.
9 months ago
10 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
learning tricks
Fetching
Aussie Shepherds are some of the most intelligent dogs I've ever worked with. They definitely have a mind if their own and like being in charge. If they don't want to do something, the chances of convincing them otherwise are slim. They can sometimes be treat or food motivated, but not always. They coats need very frequent brushing, and since their fur extends to their paws, their paws need wiping after going outside so they don't drag in dirt, leaves, etc. They often have dual colored eyes as well.
9 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Sniffing
Jumping
greet humans
Stare
squirrel gazing
Walk
Tucker is super sweet, automatically wanted to say hi when I first walked in but was hesitant to leave his mom behind when it come to him and I leaving for the walk lol once we we’re out though he was all about the smells and sights; we walked along a busy street to get to a park and he was super chill considering how young he was, the sounds of the city had no effect on him. He was more focused on smelling everything and when we got to the park just wanted to run around in the grass
9 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Heel
Jumping
kissing
Lola is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever had the pleasure to walk! She always greets me with a big hug. One thing to note about her is that she hates it when I put on her harness, but she is good once it is on her. She walks at a good pace, and she is excellent at heeling. She is very picky about where she goes potty. She loves everyone, and she has very soft fur.
9 months ago
7 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
Napping
He didn't have loads of energy but was friendly.
9 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
The Australian Shepherd I walked was very high-energy, and wanted to walk very quickly. She loved to run, and seemed like she would be a great running companion! She barked a lot to greet me, and was very interested in squirrels on the walk. She was best at walking with a harness, which kept her from pulling. She was a very friendly dog, and one of my favorites to walk!
9 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Explore the woods
Walk
Fetch
I have an Aussie myself, and have walked a few with Wag! They are energetic herding dogs, who really don't belong in a city. As a result, the ones I have walked have been shy and neurotic around busier areas, not really willing to go far from the house without the motivation of toys or treats. They definitely prefer more woodsy areas and parks.They are friendly dogs, but not affectionate, as they are almost always on the alert. They are very smart but very stubborn, so while they are constantly learning, they always need constant positive reinforcement and re-learning of basic commands. Rewarding them with play and positive tone of voice is very motivating for them. Be patient.
9 months ago
6 Months
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Fetching
The little Aussie I walked was mixed but he acted just like one. Wanted to play with every single one of his toys. Always had them scattered around and ready to go. On walks he had to grab any stick he could and drag it along with him. Very well trained for his age. Smart little guy!
9 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Frisbee
Run
Fetch
Aussies are so cute! Everyone always stops to say hi. They are generally super friendly and energetic dogs! They love to play fetch and to run! They are extremely obedient and eager to learn!
9 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
toys
Running
Fetch
Australian Shepherds love fetching balls and playing tug of war. Most are very friendly and excited to meet new people and dogs, but some can be a little aggressive towards other dogs. Mostly all of the Australian Shepherds that I've walked are super affectionate and just want to play fetch all day long and then cuddle in your lap!
9 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
sticks
Walks
Fetch
chasing squirrels
Dita is a total sweetheart. She is very nervous with new people but warms up with treats and butt rubs! She is very obsessed with fetch. She will go all day if she could. She is submissive with other dogs and doesn't really care for other people or dogs, but she is very friendly. She loves grabbing the leash and walking herself. She is such a sweet girl.
9 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
Running
Tug of war
Being chased
Jogging
My experience with Australian shepherds are that they are very loyal, loving and very trainable, although sometimes they are too smart and won't listen! They love to run and be chased, but don't usually like to cuddle. They are very independent.
9 months ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chase
Run
Play
Tug-of-war
Fast paced walking
He was very excitable, and initially wouldn’t let me put his harness on because he was running around, and would playfully dart away as soon as I came close. On the walk he was very energetic, didn’t stop to sniff much, and maintained a very quick pace the whole time.
9 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
petting
Walking
All of the Australian Shepherd's I have walked are extremely well trained and loving. They are not as affectionate as some breeds but are always friendly and I never feel threatened when walking them. They always have a lively walk to them and are friendly with other dogs as well.
9 months ago
Dakota
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
he's amazing so gud like I love him
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Ruby
2 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Speak
High Five
Backpacking
Hike
Frisbee
Walk
Go to Beach
Ruby is lovable Red Tri Mini Australian Shepherd who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors (beaches, mountains, parks or lakesides). She has little patience for things she does not appreciate and is very vocal when she feels disrespected or teased. She greatly dislikes riding in cars, close proximity to feet, being gifted with stuffed animals and regularly cries under these circumstances. With this being said, we love her and she uniquely works her way into the hearts of the people she meets.
11 months ago
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Sketch of smiling australian shepherd