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The Australian Shepherd, commonly known as the Aussie is a medium-sized, athletic dog breed; it is well balanced and slightly longer than tall. It’s an attractive longhaired breed with a bobtail and striking, varied, coat coloration. Each dog’s coat and eye color are highly variable.
It is not uncommon to have a dog with one blue eye or one that is half blue and half brown. This does not affect their vision or their standings in the show ring. It is fast strong and agile. It makes a loyal companion and has the stamina to work all day. Australian Shepherd is devoted, loyal and enjoys pleasing its owner. It is reserved with strangers, but is a dependable, tireless worker. It is an intelligent dog with strong herding and sheep guarding instincts. It has been known to perform well in areas such as search and rescue.
Typically blue merle, black, red merle, red-all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points, with no order of preference.
Australian Shepherd dogs have a double coat. The quantity of undercoat varies with climate. The coat is of medium texture, straight to slightly wavy, weather resistant, of moderate length with an undercoat. It requires minimal grooming.
The gene for the beautiful merle coloration also carries a blind/deaf factor. This may be expressed only in merle/merle crosses. Some are prone to hip dysplasia. This breed is often sensitive to ivermectin; however, the dosage for heartworm preventive is considered safe. To minimize the risk of your Australian Shepherd developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy an Australian Shepherd puppy from a reputable breeder.