Australian Shepherd

Other name: Aussie

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Life expectancy

The Australian Shepherd has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years




Adult size

Female Between 18 and 21 in
Male Between 20 and 23 in

Adult weight

Female Between 42 and 57 lb
Male Between 55 and 75 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown Red
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Australian Shepherd costs between £400 and £1000

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More details about the Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd: Origins and history

While many theories exist regarding the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed was principally bred in the United States. The “Australian” association was attributed to the dog after the arrival of the sheepdog in the United States from Australia in the 19th century. 

It wasn’t until the mid 1980s that this sheepdog came to the UK,  and over the years, he became the popular dog that we know and love today. 

FCI classification of the Australian Shepherd

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Training a Australian Shepherd

Like many sheepdogs, the Australian Shepherd is very keen to please his owner and respond to his demands. 

However, it is still necessary to train him in a way that is adapted to his character and respectful of the principles of positive education

This companion will be very easy to train if the relationship is based on trust and mutual respect. To achieve this, training must be firm, coherent and precocious. 

He may sometimes seem stubborn, but training him in many areas from an early age and reinforcing the owner/dog relationship will be the keys to successful training and a harmonious cohabitation.

Australian Shepherd: Purchase price

The price of an Australian Shepherd varies depending on its origins. You should budget around £1000 for a dog registered at the Kennel Club. The price will also depend on the sex, breeding and age of the dog.

For a monthly budget, you should be looking to set aside between £35 and £45 to meet the needs of an Australian Shepherd, to be able to provide him with a high-quality diet and keep him in good health. 

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