Australian Shepherd Mix

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Is the Australian Shepherd Mix right for you?

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The exuberant, outgoing Australian Shepherd is one of the most beautiful dogs. Like all herding dogs, it was developed for its high intelligence, its alertness, and its eagerness to work-- traits that make for a wonderful pet for active families. The combination of beauty and brains means that these dogs can be one of the most attractive choices around, especially for active owners who are willing to provide plenty of training and mental as well as physical exercise. All mixed breed dogs are individuals, but if the Australian Shepherd traits dominate, you can expect a high energy, intelligent pet.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed breed dogs are different, if yours appears to be all or mostly Australian Shepherd, you can look at that breed for a general idea of appearance and health issues, even if you can't show your pet in purebreed events.

Behavior / temperament:
All mixed-breed dogs must be judged on their own merits. However, if your dog appears to be mostly an Australian Shepherd, you should expect your pet to demand lots of exercise and play time. A bored, neglected pet could soon become a problem.


healthy dog, intelligence, natural herder, verbal command


mental stimulation, long hair, long fur mats, extreme patience, thunderstorms

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