This type of dog has a medium-length water-resistant coat designed to keep the dog warm and protected when out herding livestock in stormy or snowy weather. The coat grows heavier for dogs in northern climates and lighter for those in southern, warmer locations. The medium-textured hair ranges from wavy to straight. The hair on the head is short and smooth; the fur on the front of the forelegs, the ears, and the hock joints is the same. Feathering is found on the britches and the back of the forelegs. The breed also has a mane which is typically more dominant in males than females.
The Aussie coat comes in a variety of colours, including black, red, red merle, blue, blue merle and tricolour (white, black, and tan). A merle coat features darker-coloured splotches on a lighter-coloured background. The merles in this breed often become darker-coloured as they age. The dog may feature some white markings on the neck, legs, muzzle, chest, and a blaze on the head.
The Australian Shepherd sheds year-round with the heaviest shedding coming during the spring when he loses his winter coat. To manage the shedding, you will need to brush your dog daily. Regular coat care is also necessary to prevent matting and tangling from occurring. Mats can often be found behind the ears of this breed, and in some cases, an undercoat brush, slicker brush, or detangling spritzer may be necessary to keep the dog’s coat clean and smooth.
Aussies only need to be bathed when they are dirty. Otherwise, two or three baths a year is more than enough for this breed. Use a breed-appropriate shampoo for this process.