Australian Shepherd
Medium Breed
35-60 lbs.
General Appearance
The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent working dog, known for it's herding and guarding instincts. He is a
loyal companion and has the stamina to work all day. He is slightly longer than tall, of medium size and bone,
with coloring that offers variety and individuality. He is attentive and animated, lithe and agile, solid and
muscular. He has a coat of moderate length and coarseness. He has a docked or natural bobbed tail.

Owning
The Australian Shepherd is an agile dog who has the stamina to work all day. One distinguishing
characteristic of the Australian Shepherd is its tail, which is usually a naturally bobbed tail or it may be
docked. The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent, active dog who requires regular exercise. He is good
natured and even tempered, although he may be initially shy with strangers. He makes a loyal companion.

Temperament
The Australian Shepherd is an smart, active dog with an even disposition; he is good natured, seldom
quarrelsome. He may be somewhat reserved in initial meetings.

Did You Know
Date entered into Regular Classes: January 1, 1993 Experts believe the Australian Shepherd probably
originated in the Basque region of the Pyrenees, mountains between Spain and France, but was dubbed the
Australian Shepherd because of its association with Basque shepherds who came into the United States from
Australia in the 1800s. The Australian Shepherd was initially called by many names, including Spanish
Shepherds, Pastor Dogs, Bob-Tails, Blues, Heelers, New Mexican Shepherds and California Shepherds. In
1989, The Australian National Kennel Club granted permission for the Australian Shepherd Club of America
(ASCA) to use the name ''Australian Shepherd'' so long as it was always made clear the breed had not been
developed in Australia.