Breed Profile

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd
Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd was actually developed in America, but there are many debates over the origins of the foundation stock. It is believed dogs travelled over with flocks of Merino sheep and the Basque shepherds who tended them. Some contend they came to Australia from Spain when the first Merino sheep arrived, and then travelled on to America. Others believe they were Australian Sheepdogs derived from the Smithfield and some type of Collie – possibly the German Coolie or its ancestor. The name came about because of the perceived link with this country and the herding of Australian Merino sheep.

In Australia the breed is in its infancy, only having been introduced in 1990. Australian Shepherds were fully recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council on January 1, 1994. Since then, the dog has gained considerably in popularity, competing successfully in conformation, obedience and agility.


The Australian Shepherd generally lives up to 13 years of age and with the proper care and fed the correct amounts of nutrition can often live up to 15 years of age.


The Australian Shepherd is good-natured with an even disposition. It may be somewhat reserved when meeting people for the first time, but there should never be any display of shyness or aggression. This breed is primarily a working dog with strong herding and guarding instincts. It is very agile and works with style and enthusiasm. Although not couch potatoes, some are quite content to be lap dogs. Extremely intelligent and devoted to their families, they are quick to learn and very easy to train.


Reserved, but good with animals they grow up with.


A huge yard is not required for this breed, but daily exercise is a must.

Please take note:
"Grinning" is a characteristic of some Australian Shepherds and is not to be mistaken for snarling.


The Australian Shepherd is perfect for the person wanting a highly trainable dog. If you have the time and commitment to take on an Aussie Shepherd, you won't be disappointed.


If you have decided that the Australian Shepherd is the dog for you and you are prepared to exercise this dog for at least 30 minutes a day, contact one of the groups listed below:

Recommended Breeders

Breeder NameKennelState 
Leanne Irvine Hotnote WA Contact
C and T Gibbs Chriton QLD Contact
Sally Puglisi Oakblu QLD Contact
Michelle Upton Branksy NSW Contact
Ana Richardson Ellagant VIC Contact
Linda Matthews Tuscamada SA Contact
Sarah Dodds Borderquest WA Contact
Debbie & Greg O'Donnell Brandyark NSW Contact
Ann & John Lamberton Blueamble NSW Contact
John Lamberton blueamble NSW Contact
Debbie O'Kane Ausdreaming VIC Contact
Ros Foale Ambleton SA Contact
Ken Scott Roadsend VIC Contact
Lisa Willis Lamadabell VIC Contact
Helen SMITH wajoma QLD Contact
Ben & Amanda Helps Cuebiyar NSW Contact
Ross Carlson Eliteview Kennels VIC Contact
Amanda Murcutt Pawsitive VIC Contact
Rebecca Manning Lascardie NSW Contact
Tracey Weaver Elzscot VIC Contact
Debbie Meagher Goldmaid NSW Contact
Gayle Knowles Mainstreet VIC Contact
Samantha Goh-Edwards Zenderland WA Contact
christine mckinnon barkingpines NSW Contact
Ben Helps Cuebiyar NSW Contact
Elizabeth Gray Linwood Kennel VIC Contact
Cathryn Murdoch Donriver QLD Contact
Mel brown Artic ivory NSW Contact
Rachel Hill Novalea SA Contact
merinda weeding copperwing TAS Contact
Carol Thompson Wigglewag VIC Contact
Denise Fraser Blumyst NSW Contact
Kathleen Sprigg Mysql WA Contact
Leanne Kiely Shinarn NSW Contact
Pauline Kent Tayona SA Contact
Ros Fraser Moonsbay NSW Contact
Kristy Parkes Gemelo NSW Contact
Kellie Vardy Showioz QLD Contact
Lindsay McGoldrick owjedoo VIC Contact
Margaret Harding Avonyon WA Contact
Daniel Gilson Karakoram NSW Contact
Kelly MacPhedran AUSTOGO TAS Contact
Lee Atkins Rousillon WA Contact
Karen Davis Thisteldust SA Contact
Julie Cotton Dreamoz NSW Contact
Pauline Biffin Hytop NSW Contact
Andrenina Youle Hauntdwolv QLD Contact
Diana Sprigg BlaznHot WA Contact
Courtney Butler Macanellam NSW Contact
Deidre Masters mahteek NSW Contact
Courtney Leigh BLULIGHT SA Contact
Barbara Wyatt Tamard NSW Contact
Donna Puttock Maisilva NSW Contact
Karla Lacey Toplace QLD Contact
Jessica Reed Divinity Dogs WA Contact
cassie warren marleysend WA Contact
Pauline Biffin Hightop Park NSW Contact
Gail Reilly Wintoppi QLD Contact
Brooke Pilkington VIC Contact
Aimee Petersen Dapsen VIC Contact
Melissa Kozaruk Melvada NSW Contact

*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)



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