of the Australian Shepherd
is medium in length, but is never so long as to obscure the clean-cut
outline of the dog nor so short as to appear to be smooth. It is
straight to slightly wavy, laying flat. The coat should not stand
straight up off the body.
guard hairs of the outer coat are moderate in texture and are weather
resistant. The undercoat is soft and dense, creating additional
protection from the elements. The seasonal absence of the undercoat
during spring and summer and in very warm climates is normal and
acceptable. Females will shed coat in relation to hormonal changes of
their heat cycles and after whelping a litter.
hair may appear as a ruff that will be more accentuated in males than
females, as feathering on the back of the forelegs, and as breeches on
the back of the thighs.
hair on the face, outside of the ears, front of the forelegs and the
area below the hocks is shorter.
of the ears, legs, hocks and feet to tidy up the overall appearance is
acceptable, but in general this is a breed that should be shown in a
natural coat. Whiskers are used in the every day stock work and
trimming of whiskers in a herding breed is discouraged.
evaluating coat, the most important concern is
ensuring that the overall coat type is correct.
typical coats would include:
Excessively long (tangles and collects debris while working stock,
detracts from breed type)
Excessively short (offers no protection, detracts from breed type)
Curly (detracts from breed type)
Wiry (detracts from breed type)
Fluffy, Stand out (reduced protection)