Hard working, intelligent dogs with strong family ties, the Australian Shepherd loves to get his job done. Australian Shepherds are a herding dog who needs work and a lot of daily exercise. They love their families but can be somewhat reserved around strangers. Owners who are able to supply challenging physical and mental activities for their dogs (e.g. they excel in agility) are ideally suited for this breed. Australian Shepherds routinely rank in the top-5 of “Canine Intelligence” tests, so it is no surprise that they need a challenge. Their coat requires regular brushing, but they are not a “high-maintenance” grooming breed.
Active, athletic, intelligent