Helping cats and dogs live their healthiest lives.
Sacred Birman kitten and Yorkshire Terrier adult standing in black and white on a white background
Breed Library

Australian Shepherd

Despite its name, this herding dog was actually first selected by ranchers in the U.S.A. The breed has since become popular across the globe.

About the Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are intelligent working dogs with strong herding and guarding instincts. These loyal companions are full of life, with the stamina to work all day.

They are attentive, lively and agile. They are even-tempered and good-natured dogs that may be a little reserved with strangers but never show aggression.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

United States
FCI Group 1, AKC Herding Group
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Lively / Alert / Agile / Friendly / Resilient / Loyal / Quiet

Key facts

  • Requires outdoor space
  • Makes a great sporting dog
  • Makes a great family dog

Like & share this page

The healthiest start to life

Learn how to take care of your puppy's health during those first weeks and months of life.

Learn more
Labrador puppy standing in black and white on a white background

Lifetime of health

Get advice and information on how to provide the best care for your dog at every stage of life.

Learn more
Content Block With Text And Image 2