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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are an energetic mid-sized breed that make the perfect companion.

Fun Fact

Australian Shepherds rose to popularity and fame as rodeo stars. After the first World War, people flocked to the west and to watch exhibitions that showcased these very talented canines.

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Explore some Embark dogs that share Australian Shepherd ancestry.

Arcas
Mayu
Bodhi
81%
Lexi
58%
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Favorite names
  1. Cooper
  2. Tucker
Common locations
  1. Pennsylvania, United States
  2. Louisiana, United States
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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, is the 17th most popular dog in the United States, and given their intelligence and temperament, it’s no wonder they’re so well-loved. Despite their name, the Australian Shepherd actually originated from the ranches of the United States around the 1800s. They are praised by stockmen and breeders for their trainability and intelligence. They have a medium build and a wide variation of different coat colors.

Australian Shepherds have considerable energy and they usually need a job to do to keep themselves entertained, though they’re also happy to spend time with the family and settle down at the end of the day. Australian Shepherds are often employed as guide dogs, rescue dogs, and therapy dogs. In addition to exercising an Aussie, it’s equally important to keep their mind occupied, as if an an Australian Shepherd gets bored they do have the tendency to invent their own games or activities, which sometimes involve destructive behaviors. This is a breed that thrives on close companionship. Aussies are at times called “Velcro Dogs” for their tendency to stay close to their owner.

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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

Explore some Embark dogs that share Australian Shepherd ancestry.

Purebreds

Arcas
Mayu
Callisto
Sam
Cameo
Bailey
Kiva
Salazar
Timberline's Zan's Revenu…
Sabu
Ava
Korra

Mixed breeds

Bodhi
81%
Lexi
58%
Sophia
64%
Remy
76%
Lexi
64%
Trooper
66%
Riley
54%
Breezer
68%
Spangler
59%
Ella
67%
Seabrook
63%
Malu
55%
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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

Breed Stats

Favorite names:
  1. Cooper
  2. Tucker
  3. Riley
  4. Cody
  5. Finn
  6. Jax
  7. Bella
  8. Harley
  9. Hazel
  10. Oliver
Common locations:
  1. Pennsylvania, United States
  2. Louisiana, United States
  3. Baja California, Mexico
  4. New York, United States
  5. Texas, United States
  6. Virginia, United States
  7. California, United States
  8. Massachusetts, United States
Popularity Ranking: 17
AKC Recognized: 1991
AKC Group: Herding
FCI Group: Group 1, Section 1
Weight: Male: 50-65 lb
Female: 35-55 lb
Height: Male: 20-23 in
Female: 18-21 in
Common MT Haplotypes: A247,
B1/13,
B1c
Common Y Haplotypes: H1a.1,
H1a.8
Acceptable colors: Black; Blue Merle; Red; Red Merle
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