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The Australian Shepherd At a Glance
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Country of Origin
United States 
Life Expectancy
13 - 15 yrs 
Height Range
20 - 23 in (M); 18 - 21 in (F) 
Weight Range
50 - 65 lbs (M); 40 - 55 lbs (F) 
Red, Red Merle, Blue Merle, Black; with or without white markings, with or without tan/copper points 
Excellent. Natural for obedience. 
With Children
Very good 
With Animals
Tolerates cold well 
Enjoys indoor compaionship but needs lots of outdoor room 
Exercise Reqd
High. Needs plenty of outdoor exercise and interaction 
Grooming Reqd
Moderate, due to dense coat 
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Aussies are a Healthy breed.. But Good breeders extensivly test their dogs, show and compete with their dogs. Minimum Testing for Aussies includes Testing Hips (OFA or PennHip) Annual Eye exams(CERF)by a AVCO vet. Keep in mind a Health exam at a standard VET does not clear a dog for breeding!! One must also be aware it is considered a normal part of purchasing a aussie puppy that the puppies have not only had their regualr vet exam, and vaccines.. but ALSO been eye checked by a Opthomologist..
- Posted by Amanda Bushee Muddyfeet aussies.. from NH
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A little note about health testing.. Because buyers are becomming more informed they are asking breeders about this "health" testing stuff so there has been MANY sites that now state they do, but in reality do not. THEY ARE LYING!! There dogs are NOT listed or they do not have the certificates. Again a Standard vet DOES NOT provide these test. ASK for proof and buyer beware. HIP and EYE clearances can be looked up on the OFA website.
- Posted by Amanda Bushee Muddyfeet aussies.. from NH
Aussies are a very active breed, Keep this in mind.. They need a owner that has the time to devote to a active breed that must be mentally stimulated as well as given appropriate excercise. Not every home looking for a dog is suited for a aussie.. far too often a buyer falls in love with that cute puppy.. and there is a breeder willing to sell them a dog unsuited for their lifesyle and make a sale.. This is how Aussies end up in rescue.
- Posted by Amanda Bushee Muddyfeet aussies.. from NH
Australian Shepherd Information
The founding registry for the breed is the Australian Shepherd Club of America. This organization is responsible for the development of the breed and breed standard, and they maintain their own registry and shows. The ASCA maintains a stringent code of ethics among members, so many respected, reputable breeders will dual-register with both ASCA and AKC.

Australian Shepherd Common Health Screenings
The following health screenings are often performed by responsible Australian Shepherd breeders:

Cardiac Evaluation - OFA
CERF Screening (Canine Eye Research Foundation)
Collie Eye Anomaly (genetic test)
Hip Dysplasia (OFA or PennHIP)
Multiple Drug Resistance Gene (MDR1, genetic test)

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