Is an Australian Shepherd Right For You?
Australian Shepherds, also known as “Aussies,” are a highly versatile and intelligent dogs known for their herding and working abilities, as well as their lively and energetic personalities. These hardworking dogs have a rich history and have been used for herding, as service animals, and as family pets.
In Landmark Research on Modern Dog Breed
development, the Australian Shepherd has been shown to share the most DNA with an ancestor of the following breeds:
Growing Up Australian Shepherd
How Fast Can An Australian Shepherd Run?
The AKC Conducts Dog Racing Trials each December in Orlando, FL. called the FastCAT. This is a 100 yard race where dogs run individually chasing a lure. The average time for Australian Shepherds was a little over 24 mph. The fastest recorded time was by a female dog named Stargate’s Lady Liadrin at 30.36 mph!
The CBARQ Dog Temperament Research
study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is a large study of over 300 dog breeds and 60,000 individual dogs. In this study, the Aussie ranked 22nd out of 124 dog breeds for attention seeking behaviors. This is a breed that craves attention from their owner and may tend to get jealous when attention is given to other dogs/people.
While the Australian Shepherd is Generally a Healthy
breed, with an average lifespan of 12-15 years, there are certain health conditions that effect them:
MDR1-related drug sensitivity
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Facts About Australian Shepherds-Final Thoughts
Australian Shepherds are truly remarkable dogs that possess a unique combination of intelligence, energy, and versatility. Their high energy, quick learning abilities and herding instincts make them excellent candidates for dog sports such as flyball and Treibball. Their double coats require regular grooming to keep them looking their best. These friendly and affectionate dogs form strong bonds with their family members, including young children, making them great companions for families. However, it’s important to provide them with plenty of mental stimulation and exercise to channel their abundant energy in positive ways. Through early socialization and positive reinforcement training, these intelligent dogs can also excel in therapy work. Available in various colors and sometimes even sporting heterochromia (different colored eyes), Australian Shepherds bring both beauty and boundless energy into the lives of their owners. Whether they’re herding livestock on a farm or cuddling on the couch at home, Australian Shepherds are loyal and loving companions.