Dog Breed Guide: Australian Shepherd

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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 
Cancer- Other $1,992 $6,524
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $480 $4,090
Skin Allergies $439 $1,968
Ear Infection $189 $962
Bite Wound $1305 $17,262

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