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Australian shepherd
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Canis familiaris
Family Name:
Canidae
Size:
18-23 inches (46-58 cm.)
Weight:
40-65 lbs. (18-29 kg.)
Color:
blue merle, red (liver) merle, solid black, and solid red (liver) all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points.
Life Span:
about 12-15 years.
 
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Australian shepherd

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Australian shepherd Description
  The Australian Shepherd, also known as the Aussie, is a well-balanced, medium-sized, robust, rustic dog. Its ears are set high at the side of the head and are triangular and slightly rounded at the tip. Its coat is of medium texture, straight to slightly wavy, weather-resistant, and of moderate length with an under coat. The quantity of undercoat depends on the climate. The hair on the head, outside of the ears, front of forelegs, and below the hocks is smooth and short. It is moderately feathered on the back of the forelegs and the breeches are moderately full. It has a moderate mane and frill, being more pronounced in males than females. An identifying characterisic is its natural or docked bobtail. It is an attentive, lively, and agile dog with its body being slightly longer than its height at the withers. Its chest is deep and strong and it stands squarely on all fours. The front legs are straight and removal of front dewclaws is optional, but the rear dewclaws are usually removed. Its feet are compact and oval with arched toes. The head has a moderate stop and the top of the head is about the same length as the slightly tapering muzzle. Its teeth form a scissors bite. The medium-sized, oval eyes come brown, blue, amber, or any variation or combination including flecks and marbling.  
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