Canis ISSN: 2398-2942 Australian Shepherd Synonym(s): Aussie Introduction Biological Data Introduction 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 This article is available in full to registered subscribers Sign up now to purchase a 30 day trial, or Login Further ReadingPublicationsRefereed 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 For information on Genetic Testing Providers (labs) genetic tests, and tests by breed, visit International Partnership for Dogs (https://dogwellnet.com/). For a list of DNA tests available for certain breeds worldwide, visit Kennel Club Worldwide DNA tests: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-breeders/dna-testing-simple-inherited-disorders/worldwide-dna-tests/. The Kennel Club Breed-specific requirements and recommendations including health screening: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/9846/abs_breed_specific_requirements_and_recommendations_web.pdf. Palika L The Australian Shepherd. Howell. ISBN 087605503X. Organisation(s) Visit the Kennel Club website to search for details of KC-registered breed clubs: thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findaclub/breed/. The Australian National Kennel Council - http://ankc.org.au/. Visit the American Kennel Club website to search for details of AKC-recognized breed clubs - www.akc.org/clubs/search.