A medium-sized dog known for its athleticism, the Australian Shepherd is alert, bold, and confident. They need a great deal of exercise and mental stimulation every day. Otherwise, they’ll quickly become frustrated and develop behavior problems. These dogs thrive on training and are always up for a game of catch or frisbee.
With proper training and exercise, they’re extremely devoted, loyal, and obedient. They’re protective of their families and are sometimes reserved with strangers. They may also try to “herd” small children and animals, nipping at their heels.
Australian shepherds have long coats that need to be brushed or combed at least once or twice a week.