Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Australian Shepherd

Synonym(s): Aussie


General information

  • Originates from America in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
  • Also known as the Aussie.
  • An intelligent working dog with the stamina to work for long periods.
  • Good herding abilities.
  • Makes a good companion animal, they are loyal and affectionate.
  • Need lots of space and regular exercise.
  • Life expectancy: up to 12 years.
  • This breed is also used for:
    • Guarding.
    • Drug detection.
    • Search and rescue.

Biological Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Hadrick M K, Bunch S E & Kornegay J N (1995) Ivermectin toxicosis in two Australian Shepherds. JAVMA 206(8), 1147-1150.

Other sources of information


  • Visit the American Kennel Club website to search for details of AKC-recognized breed clubs -