Australian Shepherd

Side elevation drawings of an Australian Shepherd dog standing and sitting

The Australian Shepherd, lovingly nicknamed the Aussie, is a lean, tough medium-sized dog with an intelligent, active, work-orientated personality. Despite its name, and a contested origins story, the Australian Shepherd most likely originated in California around the time of the Gold Rush in the 1840s as a ranching and herding dog. The Australian Shepherd is similar in appearance to the English Shepherd and Border Collie, with its multi-colored, long, straight, occasionally curly, coat. A work-orientated dog, the Australian Shepherd needs a diligent, active owner and makes a good dog for dog agility trials, search and rescue, and various other service or therapeutic activities.

Assortment of drawings of an Australian Shepherd dog standing, sitting and laying down

The average Australian Shepherd has an overall height of 25.0”-32.0” (64-81 cm), withers height of 18.0”-23.0” (46-58 cm), and body length of 28.0”-36.0” (71-91 cm). A typical Australian Shepherd weighs between 35-70 lb (16-32 kg) and has a lifespan of roughly 13-15 years.


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25.0”-32.0” | 64-81 cm
28.0”-36.0” | 71-91 cm
Withers Height:
18.0”-23.0” | 46-58 cm
35-70 lb | 16-32 kg

Height (Withers): 20”-23” | 51-58 cm
Height (Standing): 28”-32” | 71-81 cm
Length: 31”-36” | 79-91 cm
Weight: 55-70 lb | 25-32 kg

Height (Withers): 18”-21” | 46-54 cm
Height (Standing): 25”-29” | 64-74 cm
Length: 28”-31” | 71-79 cm
Weight: 35-55 lb | 16-25 kg

Breed Size:
13-15 years


Drawings include:
Australian Shepherd side elevation (standing), side (sitting), front (standing), front (sitting), laying down (side)

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