Dog Breed Guide: Australian Shepherd
By: Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.
About the Australian Shepherd
Height (to base of neck): female 18-21″, male 20-23″
Weight: female 30-45 lbs, male 50-65 lbs
Color: Tricolored (black, white and red), bi-colored (black and red), and blue or red merle
Origin: United States
Coat: Moderate length, and straight to slightly curly
Life Expectancy: 12-18 years
Energy level: High
Exercise needs: High
Is an Australian Shepherd the Right Dog Breed for You?
The Australian Shepherd is a highly intelligent and energetic dog that does best with a job. They are well suited as service and therapy dogs, as well as to sports such as Frisbee and agility. Bred as a herding animal they are highly trainable, adaptable and eager to please. They are kind and loving to those familiar, but can be cautious and prone to guarding. If their energy is not channeled well, the Australian Shepherd can become destructive due to boredom. The coat requires regular brushing.
5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for Australian Shepherd
According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives.
|Medical Issue||Average Claim Amount||Most Expensive Claim|
|Lipoma (Fatty Tumor)||$480||$4,090|
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