The Australian Shepherd is suitable for you if you are looking for a dog with high trainability, versatility, intelligence, and endurance. With an Aussie, you get an unwavering companion who will tirelessly accompany you in whatever you decide to do. If you are able to commit to the dog and provide it with sufficient boundaries, love, and activity, you will have a loyal and enthusiastic companion with a sense of humor, that is in a class of its own. 


The Australian Shepherd is a lively, active, and tireless herding dog. The original breed evolved in the United States to serve as a farm dog, performing a variety of different tasks. It herded cattle, guarded the property, and served as a loyal friend. Even today, the Australian Shepherd retains a strong herding and guarding instinct. Because of these qualities, it's not a dog for everyone. When properly activated, the Australian Shepherd can also be a pleasant companion dog, but it definitely won't thrive as just that.

The Australian Shepherd is intelligent and attentive. Like other herding dogs, they are masters at reading human body language and emotions. Due to their overflowing energy, and strong instincts,  they require plenty of activity and work. That's why I recommend thoroughly researching the breed, since they require a lot of work, especially during their first couple of years of life. It takes a significant investment of time and resources when they are young to ensure they become pleasant and easygoing companions as adults. An under-stimulated or poorly raised Australian Shepherd can be quite challenging to live with and may even develop behavioral problems, if their energy isn't directed into constructive activities.

Although the Australian Shepherd is generally a quite healthy breed, they do have certain hereditary diseases that one should be aware of when getting a dog. Below, I'm gathering useful links about the diseases that may occur in the breed.