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Preferred height at the withers for males is 20 to 23 inches; that for females is 18 to 21 inches, however, quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size.
Australian Shepherd Size

The preferred size of the Australian Shepherd is between 20" -23" for males and 18"-21" for females. There is no disqualification for size.
It is necessary to allow some variation outside the stated guidelines to maintain the ideal average. The relative unimportance of size in the overall working skills of a stockdog means that height is never to be a primary factor in determining the ideal representative.

It should be noted that height and mass are different. A massive dog; one carrying heavy bone and weight, regardless of the height, is incorrect for the breed.

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