I’m a friendly, confident dog who prefers to have something to do—no laid-back, sleepy crowd for me! You will often see us working as search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs, guide dogs for people who have vision or hearing problems, or drug detection dogs. As you might imagine, we’re very smart. Keep me active and mentally challenged, and I’ll be a good-natured and devoted addition to your family.
I crave close human companionship, even to the point of getting underfoot! I make a great family dog, gently protecting young children and being a rambunctious playmate with older kids—though as a shepherd I can nip at running heels. Speaking of running, I do require physical and mental exercise every day to burn off excess energy and fight boredom.
My thick coat is water resistant and needs a thorough brushing once or twice a week, more during my spring shedding season. Coat colors range from merle in blue or red, black, red, or tricolor (white, black, and tan). I stand between 18 and 23 inches tall and weigh in at 40 to 65 pounds.
At 12 to 15 years, I have a long life span but am prone to a variety of health issues. Major concerns are cataracts and CEA. Minor health issues include CHD, nasal solar dermatitis, Pelger Huet syndrome, and iris coloboma. Lumbar sacral syndrome, epilepsy, PRA, vWD, distichiasis, PDA, and PPM can also sometimes occur.