The Australian Shepherd is a high energy dog breed with strong instincts for guarding and herding. While these intelligent dogs are known for being friendly and protective toward their masters, they can also be hard to train. Nonetheless, Australian Shepherd puppies are very playful and affectionate. They also usually get along well with other dogs and pets.
The Australian Shepherd breed is considered a medium-sized dog. The average adult female Australian Shepherd weighs between 40 and 55 pounds, males 50 to 66 pounds. The average adult height for Australian Shepherds runs between 18 and 23 inches.
Australian Shepherds need daily exercise in order to thrive. This is why they are best suited for families who will give them plenty of opportunities to burn off their high energy. Since Australian Shepherds belong to the herding dog group, they are naturals at herding livestock and being watchdogs.
Your dog will need to be brushed at least once a week. Australian Shepherds are medium-coated dogs with moderately course fur.