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30-65 lbs
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Shetland Sheepdog
Shel Aussi

Shel-Aussies are beautiful mixed breed dogs who were created from breeding an Australian Shepherd with a Shetland Sheepdog. Both parent breeds are colorful and have thick coats that need to be brushed weekly. They also need to be exercised for around 30 to 60 minutes every day. They are fairly adaptable to all climates, although they do not like the extreme heat. They can live in apartments, as long as they are given enough exercise. This breed gets along well with people of all ages and all other types of pets, although you must keep in mind that these dogs originate from sheepdogs, and may try to herd smaller animals.

Herding, Retrieving, Watchdog, Police Dog, Companion
Date of Origin
Australian Shepherd or Miniature Australian Shepherd, Shetland Sheepdog

Shel-Aussie Health

Average Size
Male Shel-Aussie size stats
Height: 16-23 inches Weight: 30-65 lbs
Female Shel-Aussie size stats
Height: 16-23 inches Weight: 30-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Deafness
  • Hemophilia
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Fluorescein Test
  • Physical Examination
  • X-Rays
  • Electroretinogram
  • Urinalysis
  • DNA Test
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Radiographs
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Complete Blood Profile
  • Blood Work

Shel-Aussie Breed History

Shel-Aussies are hybrid dogs made from the breeding of an Australian Shepherd with a Shetland Sheepdog. Therefore, the history of this breed begins with these parent breeds. Miniature Shetland Sheepdogs were developed in the Shetland Islands, which are located off the mainland of Scotland. When fishing boats began regularly visiting in the 1700s, new dog breeds were introduced to the islands. This includes the Black and Tan King Charles Spaniel, Spitz-type dogs who are from Scandinavia, Yakki dogs from Greenland and other sheepdogs from Scotland. These dogs were then bred with the dogs on the island to create the Shetland Sheepdog. These little dogs began gaining popularity as companion pets in the 19th century after British sailors who would visit the islands would buy them to take back home. The Australian Shepherd most likely originates from the Basque region in the Pyrenees Mountains, which are located between France and Spain. Although they are not from Australia, the breed got their name due to their association with shepherds from the United States (who came to North America from Australia) during the 1800s. Pyrenean Sheepdogs are thought to have been crossed with different types of Collies while they were in Australia, and were later brought to the United States along with herds of sheep throughout the mid-to-late 19th century. This breed was often used to herd large groups of sheep and cattle, which they excelled at, especially in tight quarters. The popularity of this breed increased along with Western horsemanship after the Second World War. They were often seen in rodeos, horse shows, movies and television programs.

Shel-Aussie Breed Appearance

The Shel-Aussie will take on an appearance that is a mix between the Shetland Sheepdog and the Australian Shepherd. Shetland Sheepdogs have extremely thick and beautiful coats. Their heads are long and wedge-shaped with narrow and rounded muzzles. They have teeth which meet in a scissors bite and noses which are black. They have dark, almond shaped eyes, small ears that are mostly erect and set high on the head. Their tails are quite long and should reach the hock. The Shetland Sheepdog has a light but muscular body. The Australian Shepherd is an agile breed with a body that is a bit bigger in length than in height. They have pendant ears and, alternatively to the Shetland Sheepdog, their bobtails are very short. These dogs stand squarely with deep chests. Their heads are about as long as their muzzles, which taper slightly. Their eyes are medium sized and oval shaped,  and can sometimes be different colors. Their ears are also high set, triangularly shaped and erect. The Shel-Aussie hybrid usually takes on the harsh and rough coat of the Shetland Sheepdog and it is most often straight. The coat colors of the two parents are similar. Additionally, your Shel-Aussie may have a tail or not, and he may present with different colored eyes.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Shel-Aussie eyes
brown Shel-Aussie eyes
amber Shel-Aussie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shel-Aussie nose
brown Shel-Aussie nose
isabella Shel-Aussie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shel-Aussie coat
brown Shel-Aussie coat
white Shel-Aussie coat
brindle Shel-Aussie coat
cream Shel-Aussie coat
gray Shel-Aussie coat
fawn Shel-Aussie coat
blue Shel-Aussie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shel-Aussie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shel-Aussie Breed Maintenance

Since the Shel-Aussie usually has a similar coat to it’s Shetland Sheepdog parent, they will most likely have the same grooming requirements. This means that you will need to brush your dog once a week minimum using a pin brush. During shedding season, they should be brushed daily. The brushing could be somewhat difficult, since you need to use a spray bottle to wet the fur before you brush it and you have to get all the way down to the skin. The water is important, because brushing these dogs with a dry coat can cause damage to their fur. You need to pay extra attention to the fur behind the ears and on the armpits, since these areas are prone to knots. They do not need baths often, as the coat is water and dirt resistant. They do not need regular baths, since they are usually pretty clean. Like all dogs, Shel-Aussies will need to have their teeth brushed at least three times a week, their nails trimmed around once or twice a month, and the inside of their ears wiped clean once a week.
Brushes for Shel-Aussie
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shel-Aussie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shel-Aussie Temperament

The intelligent Shel-Aussie is a breed that gets its fun and playful personality from both the Australian Shepherd and Shetland Sheepdog. They are eager to please their owners and should be easy to train. Because they are alert, they make good watch dogs. The Shel-Aussie is also a great pet because they are so loyal. Although they may get along well with people and are also friendly with pets, they may not be the best choice for houses who are home to small animals, since they have high herding instincts. This breed is lively and playful, which makes them a great match for owners who are also active and would enjoy a jogging or hiking companion. They are not always good around kids. This breed, just like all others, should be well socialized and trained in obedience as a puppy. Introduce them to new people, places and pets while their young to teach them how to act around things that they are not familiar with.

Shel-Aussie Activity Requirements

This designer dog is quite active and loves to participate in all types of activities, including playing fetch and going swimming. They should be walked every day, and given some time to  play and run around freely in an enclosed area. This breed does not do as well in warm climates, and should not be overworked when it is hot out. Since the Shel-Aussie has a very high intelligence level, they will need to be given mental stimulation as well as physical and will enjoy pursuits like agility training and field trials. The recommended amount of exercise for both the Shetland Sheepdog and the Australian Shepherd is 30 to 60 minutes per day.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Shel-Aussie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Shel-Aussie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shel-Aussie size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 21 lbs
Female Shel-Aussie size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 21 lbs
12 Months
Male Shel-Aussie size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Female Shel-Aussie size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 27 lbs
18 Months
Male Shel-Aussie size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Shel-Aussie size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 37 lbs

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