Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

Height

20-23 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)

Weight

50-65 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)

Life Expectency

12-15 years

BEHAVIOR

Appearance

The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent working dog of strong herding and guarding instincts. He is a loyal companion and has the stamina to work all day. He is well balanced, slightly longer than tall, of medium size and bone, with coloring that offers

Head

The head is clean cut, strong and dry. Overall size should be in proportion to the body. The muzzle is equal in length or slightly shorter than the back skull. Viewed from the side the topline of the back skull and muzzle form parallel pl

Body

Neck, Topline, Body: shoulders. Topline – Back is straight and strong, level and firm from withers to hip joints. The croup is moderately sloped. Body – Chest is not broad but is deep with the

Forequarters

Shoulder blades are long, flat, fairly close set at the withers and well laid back. The upper arm, which should be relatively the same length as the shoulder blade, attaches at an approximate right angle to the shoulder line with forelegs dropping straigh

Hindquarters

The width of the hindquarters is equal to the width of the forequarters at the shoulders. The angulation of the pelvis and upper thigh corresponds to the angulation of the shoulder blade and upper arm, forming an approximate right angle. Stifles are clear

Coat

Hair is of medium texture, straight to wavy, weather resistant and of medium length. The undercoat varies in quantity with variations in climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head, ears, front of forelegs and below the hocks. Backs of forelegs and brit