The Australian Shepherd, more affectionately known as the Aussie, is a herding breed and listed as the tenth most intelligent dog by the AKC! They are extremely loyal, affectionate, and will follow you wherever you go. They are also extremely energetic, so they require an active lifestyle and lots of exercise and play time.
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Top 10 Facts:
- When not running around and playing with toys, the Australian Shepherd is a lap dog. They love to cuddle with their owners. They love to be close to you and are very affectionate toward their families.
- Aussies have merle coats which are normally colored red or blue.
- One distinct feature of Australian Shepherds is their beautiful eye color. Their eyes are normally gold, brown, or blue with flecks of color scattered throughout.
- A nickname for the breed is “Velcro dogs” due to their extremely bonded relationships with their owners and their desire to always be near their owners.
- Though their name suggests that their breed comes from Australia, the Australian Shepherd was actually developed on ranches in the western part of the United States.
- Some Aussies are born with naturally bobbed tails, although the breed is normally known to have bobbed tails which many breeders dock at birth.
- There are miniature Australian Shepherds, but they are yet to be recognized by the AKC as an official breed.
- One Aussie named Pockets is known as the oldest dog to receive an AKC title, earning the Rally Novice title at 15 years old.
- The Australian Shepherd’s average lifespan is 12.5 years old.
- Australian Shepherds are task oriented dogs and always need to be doing something. If you don’t give them something, they will take matters into their own paws.