Bred in the western United States to perform a similar role to the Australian Heeler, this high-energy, good-natured medium breed is a working dog. They possess natural intelligence and, while they are wary of strangers, are intensely friendly if socialized early. Happiest when they have too much work to do, they thrive in competitive canine sports and endurance contests. They also make excellent outdoor buddies, their natural courage and spunky outlook leading them to follow their human pack in a variety of non-doggy activities.
1. Australian Shepherds 101 – Information, Personality and Characteristics
2. Australian Shepherd Temperament and Training
3. Australian Shepherd Diet and Feeding
Australian Shepherd Diet
Puppies: Low Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Adults: High Fat (~16%), High Fiber (15%), Medium Moisture (13%), 94% Dry Matter, (3800 Kcal)
Australian Shepherd Weight
Australian Shepherds generally gain: 2 Pounds per week until 26 weeks old.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem with Australian Shepherds. Make sure your dog isn’t overweight.
A Australian Shepherd with healthy weight will not have any ribs visible. You should be able to run your hands along their side and feel the indivgidual ribs.
*All target numbers are approximate averages. Every dog’s dietary needs and weights will be different. Take into account pregnant or nursing dogs.