Australian Shepherds, ironically, are not native to Australia. They’re an American breed, brought to this country originally by the Basque people, along with Australian sheep which they were so adept at herding, that they began to be called “Australian” Shepherds and were raised and bred by livestock herders and ranchers beginning in the mid 18th century.
They are still used as herders being classified as “working dogs” but are quickly becoming popular as family pets. They’re mid-sized dogs, ranging in height from 18 to 23 inches and a weight range of between 40 to 65 lbs. They supposedly are medium shedders, but if you’ll note the meme I made above you’ll see the actual fact.
From Wiki- They have medium to long coats in blue merle, red merle, black, or red; all colors may have white markings and/or tan (copper) points.Merle is a genetic pattern that can be in a dog’s coat. Merle comes in different colors and patterns and can affect all coat colors. The merle gene creates mottled patches of color in a solid or piebald coat, blue or odd-colored eyes, and can affect skin pigment as well.
They’re darling pups and super intelligent. The first three images in this post are of my male, Copper, who is a tri-color red, one of the more normal looking coat combos you’ll find in the breed. I think he was maybe 8 weeks old in this picture and you’ll notice his eyes are blue. He was housebroken in THREE days. He also now weighs 73 lbs. so take the 65 lb. top weight breeders say is the norm with a grain of salt.
They are also very good with children. The picture below is also of my dog, Copper, (last one of him, I promise) sitting “with” my grandson, Rory, who was 2 at the time. They are VERY protective of family but tend to be one person dogs. They love their entire family, but usually are closer to one of the family members more than the others.
Copper’s eyes have now turned into a deep amber color, but as noted in the title, they can also end up with some wild eye combos. Like this guy below.
And this one, as well.
They’re really playful and very energetic and need a lot of exercise. If you don’t have a large fenced area or a decent park to take them to so they can run and play, this dog is definitely not for you.
You can see the variations in the coat colors throughout all of these pictures and get an idea of what I meant by “crazy” colors.
Get used to this if you have any idea about having an Aussie as a pet and plan on taking them out in public, anywhere. It never fails when I’m out with Copper that he always attracts attention and everyone always wants to pet him.
If you need a Frisbee buddy you can see you’ll be all set with an Aussie by your side.
Okay, I lied. This last picture is also of Copper, a truly wonderful pet and a constant source of smiles and happiness. If you’re in the market for a new dog, you could do a whole lot worse than choosing an Australian Shepherd.