Give this dog a job and he’ll love it.

Vital Stats

Height: 18 to 23 inches at shoulder
Weight: 40 to 65 pounds (males average 57 pounds, females average 47 pounds)
Coat: medium-length; wavy or straight
Life span: 12 to 15 years

Summary
Despite his name, the Australian Shepherd originated in the western U.S., not Australia, around the time of the Gold Rush in the 1840s.

Originally bred to herd livestock, he remains a working dog at heart; the Aussie, as he’s nicknamed, is happiest when he has a job to do. He can be a wonderful family companion if his intelligence and energy are channelled into dog sports or activities. Full Australian Shepherd profile on DogTime.com

Affectionate with family:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Energy Level:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Intelligence:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Vigor:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Easy to groom:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Tendency to bark or howl:
5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Mouthiness:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Easy to groom:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Good for new owners:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Heat Tolerance:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Dog friendly:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Drooling potential:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Ease at being home alone:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Apartment appropriate:
2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Average:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)