The Australian Shepherd has beautiful looks that match its charming personality. Many Australian Shepherd enthusiasts across the world are crazy about this dog breed. These dog lovers have started Australian Shepherd Appreciation Day, although there is some discrepancy on what day is the day. Some consider January 9 the day for Aussies, others January 22.
No matter when you decide to celebrate, here are some interesting facts to increase your Australian Shepherd IQ.
Interesting Facts about the Australian Shepherd
- The Australian Shepherd comes in four primary colors; red, black, red, and blue merle.
- Australian Shepherds were initially bred in America and not Australia. They got their name because of their working relationship with the Australian herders.
- Although there are teacup and miniature varieties of the Australian Shepherd, the majority are medium-sized.
- This dog breed loves working because it is bred to herd. Your Australian Shepherd will look for something to do if you do not assign it a job. Insufficient exercise and mental stimulation lead to destructive behavior and mischievousness.
- The Australian Shepherd loves being friends with family members. Therefore, this dog will follow you everywhere—bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen if you are its favorite person.
- The Australian Shepherd is excellent in pet sports such as fly ball, Frisbee, and agility.
- Although the Australian Shepherd is extremely intelligent, it is shy. Therefore, it will help to train your dog as a puppy and expose it to people more often.
- The average number of puppies in a litter is around seven.
- They have a lifespan of between 13 to 15 years.
- They weigh between 35 to 70 pounds; males weigh more than female dogs.
- The Australian Shepherd is 18 to 21 inches tall.
- It has a genetic mutation that makes it react severely to some drugs.