The Australian Shepherd is an
attractive long-haired breed with a bobtail. The coat comes in black, red,
blue merle or red merle with white and/or tan markings. Each dog's coat
and eye color are highly variable. A dog may have one blue eye or one that
is half blue and half brown. The Australian Shepherd is
approximately 23 inches tall at the shoulder.
Not only is
the Australian Shepherd an effective herding and sheep guarding dog, his
great stamina has also been used in search and rescue. He is a
dependable, tireless worker who is devoted to his owner, though reserved toward strangers. A loyal,
attentive and animated dog, the Australian Shepherd is a wonderful family
The Australian Shepherd does best in a rural or
semi-rural environment where he has lots of outdoor activities into which
to channel his energy. He is very active so daily exercise is
mandatory for him to keep in shape. An intelligent and responsive
dog, obedience training comes easy to him.