Australian Shepherd Puppies
If you’re considering bringing a new puppy into your home, Australian Shepherds may have caught your attention. After all, they’re the 15th most popular dog breed of 200 AKC-recognized breeds. We’ve compiled the most important information about Australian Shepherd puppies. Find out if one might be right for you!
Where To Get Australian Shepherd Puppies
Since Australian Shepherds are purebred dogs, you’re unlikely to find puppies in animal shelters. If you’re sure you want an Aussie but unsure you want a puppy, a rescue organization is a great place to find an older dog. Many Australian Shepherds are surrendered by owners who weren’t aware of their energy needs before buying. Rescuing is a great option if you want to give a dog a second chance.
If you’re sure you want a puppy, we recommend doing your research and finding an ethical Australian Shepherd breeder. Good signs include:
- Only breed one breed of dog
- Have American Kennel Club registration
- Are transparent about health screenings, vet visits, and living conditions of puppies and parents
- Are willing to let you tour or virtual tour their location
- Can answer any questions you may have
Depending on certain factors, like the sex or show quality of the puppy, an Aussie puppy can cost anywhere from $600 to $3000 from a reputable breeder. This often factors in costs related to the birth, any necessary health screenings and vet visits, and, often, socialization. A high initial cost will mean you’re less likely to pay high vet bills or other costs later in your puppy’s life.
If a price for an Australian Shepherd puppy seems too good to be true, that means it probably is. It can be a strong indicator of a backyard breeder or puppy mill operation. Neither care as much about the health of their puppies or the Aussie breed as they do about profit. If you want to buy a puppy, we recommend making sure your money is going to someone who takes good care of their dogs and has a trustworthy record. Scout…
Australian Shepherds come in a variety of distinctive colors and markings. Their colors include red, blue or red merle, and black. Their faces and bodies can have white markings, tan points, or a combination of the two.
Australian Shepherds have a waterproof double coat of medium length. They shed their undercoats twice a year, usually during winter and summer.
This is a medium-sized breed. Female Australian Shepherds will usually grow to 18-21 inches in height, weighing 40-55 pounds. Males are bigger, growing 20-23 inches in height and weighing 50-65 pounds.
Australian Shepherds are naturally good with kids of all ages. As long as they’re properly socialized, they can also get along well with other dogs, and even cats and other small animals. Socialization is especially important to prevent an Aussie from becoming territorial and overprotective of their families and homes. Don’t be surprised if an Australian Shepherd maintains some herding instincts and behaviors with your kids or other pets. Pete…
This is not a breed you can leave on their own for long periods of time. Their strong loyalty can lead to separation anxiety. Without proper exercise and devoted time with humans, they can get destructive. Luckily, their loyalty and intelligence make them easy to train and eager to please.
Australian Shepherds are high-energy, playful dogs. They’ll need regular mental stimulation as well as daily physical exercise. They love tasks, making them great for both jobs and organized canine sports. Signing them up for rally, herding trials, agility, or dock diving may be a great way to burn off some of their boundless energy.
Australian Shepherd Puppies – Veterinary Needs
An ethical Australian Shepherd breeder will usually perform health screenings in their puppies for issues common to the breed. These include hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, cataracts and other eye problems, and certain cancers. Even if your puppy has an initial clean bill of health, it’s not a bad idea to keep an eye out for symptoms of these problems. Regular vet visits will also help with treatment and early detection.
Like all puppies, Australian Shepherd puppies will initially need a series of vaccinations every three weeks. These include shots for the dangerous parvovirus and rabies virus. During these visits, your vet will also be able to make sure your Australian Shepherd puppy is growing like they should. Check out our vaccine schedule for puppies here. Leafofcoda…
A high-quality, nutritionally balanced diet is the best for any dog. These can include raw diets, home-cooked diets, or kibble. There can be risks with feeding raw and grain-free diets, so make sure they’re the best option for your pooch before committing. You should also consider your dog’s weight, age, and overall nutritional needs before deciding on a food. For example, puppies need extra fat because their bodies are still developing. Puppy kibble also comes in smaller shapes, easier for little puppy teeth to chew.
Since Australian Shepherds are a high-energy breed, they’ll generally need more food than other breeds. Consulting with your veterinarian or a certified pet nutritionist will help you decide on the best types of food lifelong for your Australian Shepherd. Rolo…
Unless your Australian Shepherd likes getting really messy (many do), they’ll only need the occasional bath. Most of the time, their coats look great with a weekly brushing. During shedding seasons, you should brush them more often with a good-quality undercoat rake.
Check your Australian Shepherd’s ears regularly for debris, wax buildup, and signs of infection. Our complete guide to doggy ears is here. Since Australian Shepherds have narrow jaws, their dental health is especially important. Brush their teeth regularly with a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste.
Trimming your Aussie’s nails is especially important for their comfort. If you’re walking them frequently on hard surfaces, you probably won’t need to trim them often. However, it’s still a good idea to check regularly. If you’re not comfortable trimming or grinding nails yourself, most groomers will for a small fee.