Dog Profiles: Australian Shepherd


  • The Australian Shepherd is born with a bobbed tail which essentially means it’s a tailless breed.
  • This breed has been called “ghost-eyed” as some of these dogs have milky white, light green, or piercing blue eyes. 
  • The Australian Shepherd is American, actually. The breed was so-named in the 19th century after Australian sheepherders who immigrated to the US and were known for their deftness at corralling ovine. 
  • As they age, Australian Shepherds will grow richer and darker in color compared to their birth color. 
  • Their noses and lips are colored to match their fur. A redder-coated Australian Shepherd will also have a red nose. To have a black nose, a dog of this breed would also have to have black fur. 
  • An average litter for an Australian Shepherd is six to seven.
  • In particular, Australian Shepherds are task-oriented and would prefer to have a job to do. Fetching the morning paper is just an example of the kind of activity this breed needs to feel productive. 
  • The red merle and the blue merle are two different types of Australian Shepherd. They should not, however, be bred together as their exist a recessive gene in the signature merle for blindness and deafness. 
  • The only breed of shepherding dog developed in America is the Australian Shepherd. This is why they are considered the breed that helped tame the west. 
  • Though they are very devoted, the Australian Shepherd is, at heart, very reserved as they have been bred to be workers. Socializing your Aussie pups is very important if you’re a new owner. 
  • Australian Shepherds in comparison with other breeds especially need a lot of space to run. These are not ideal dogs to have in an urban area.