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All Dog Breeds >>Appearance of Australian Shepherd

The breed's general appearance varies greatly independent from the particular line's emphasis. As with many working breeds that are also shown in the ring, there are differences of opinion among breeders over what makes an ideal Australian shepherd. In addition the breed can be split into two distinct lines - working and show dogs. Working dogs tend to have shorter coats (utility coat), and can have small, medium or heavy bone structures, while both are bred according to the breed standard the show lines tend to have longer, fuller coats (show coat), more white, and a heavier-boned structure.

Australian Shepherd Training

The Australian Shepherd is very intelligent and easy to train. He learns new commands very fast.

Australian Shepherd Shedding

The Australian Shepherd is a very heavy shedder. He sheds an awful lot of hair! You'll find hair all over your home, stuck to everything! You'll probably even find it in the butter!

Australian Shepherd Grooming

The medium-length coat of the Australian Shepherd only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds excessively you may find yourself brushing him daily to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)