While it’s understandable to think the Australian shepherd come from Australia, the lineage of this striking cross breed can be traced back to the western United States, as far back as the mid-nineteenth century.
Nicknamed the Aussie, this shepherd variant was bred to herd sheep and livestock. The dog’s powerful work ethic persists even when cross-bred. Much like the even more popular German shepherd, the Aussie shepherd can make a wonderful family pet.
Today, then, we’ll showcase 15 of the most alluring and endearing Australian shepherd mixes to make a real statement when you’re strolling in the park.
I. Best Australian Shepherd Cross Breeds
- Australian Retriever
- Aussie Pit
- Border Aussie
- Chow Shepherd
- Australian Boxherd
When you mix the Australian shepherd with the Doberman, you end up with the Auberman. The resulting offspring of the loyal Doberman and the super-energetic Aussie shepherd typically boasts these qualities, too. As such, the Auberman is ideal as a guard dog. These dogs are very protective of their families as well as looking great on the leash!
You’ll need to exercise control over these mixed breed dogs and act as a firm leader. If not, he might behave aggressively in the company of strangers. If you socialize these dogs from a young age, though, and continue with firm but kind training, you should end up with an Auberman able to thrive in different environments without acting out.
2) Australian Retriever
With the Aussie Retriever, you get the good qualities of both the golden retriever and Aussie shepherd parents. These are two of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, so it’s not surprising the mixed breed is also popular.
The Australian Retriever is pretty easy to train and also good with children. This renders them great family pets, and they are also suitable for first-time owners.
This mixed breed loves to roam outdoors, and they also enjoy spending time in water. Try to give your Aussie Retriever plenty of both so he stays happy and has his energy needs met, too.
3) Aussie Pit
If you cross the dominant pitbull with the highly energetic Australian shepherd, the resulting Aussie Pit is a breed calling for an experienced owner.
As well as requiring a firm hand, socialization, and training from an early age, the Aussie Pit also needs lots of exercise. Make sure you can deliver on all these counts.
This is a medium-sized dog likely to integrate well with children, but often suspicious of other dogs, especially those of the same sex.
4) Border Aussie
When you mix the enduringly popular border collie with the Australian shepherd, the resulting Border Aussie is a playful bundle of joy.
You should ensure you have plenty of space outdoors if you’re thinking of bringing one of these cross-bred dogs home – ideally a large yard with a well-secured fence. If these dogs remain restricted and cooped up, they often exhibit destructive behaviors.
5) Chow Shepherd
The Chow Shepherd is a medium-sized cross breed of the Chow Chow and Australian Shepherd.
The resulting hybrid is liable to show strong protective and guarding instincts. The genetic inheritance from the Chow Chow parent means this can verge on aggression at times.
Due to this unpredictability and the energy levels, you should likely think again if you’re a first-time dog owner looking for an easy introduction to pet parenting. While the Chow Shepherd looks stunning and can be remarkably rewarding, it’s best avoided if you’ve never owned a dog before.
Assuming you have some experience handling dogs and you’re committed to training a Chow Shepherd, you’ll also need to devote plenty of time to grooming these dogs as they have very dense coats.
Don’t leave Chow Shepherds alone for too long or they can easily become aggressive, destructive, or both.
The cocker spaniel crossed with the Aussie shepherd yields the lovable and exuberant Aussiel.
Not only does this mixed breed pup require firm training from a young age, but they also call for lots of stimulation. The Aussiel has a tendency to jump up onto visitors, and they also have an innate tendency to herd people. If you lead these dogs firmly from puppyhood, you can counter some of these unwanted behaviors.
The Aussiel is a medium-sized breed. Most of the these hybrid pups weigh between 13 and 17 pounds. They have compact bodies, and they are capable of running long distances without fatigue setting in.
Playful and curious mixed breeds, Aussiels are a great choice if you spend lots of time on the hiking trail and you’re looking for an uncomplaining companion.
An Aussiedor is a lovable, gentle, and loyal mixed breed coming from an Australian shepherd crossed with a labrador.
This medium-sized hybrid can weigh up to 80 pounds, and they have large hearts, too.
Often very slow to mature, you can end up with a dog exhibiting puppy-like tendencies well into adulthood.
When matured, the easy-going nature of the lab parent can undercut the more highly-strung Aussie shepherd genetic inheritance.
Give this cross breed lots of exercise and plenty of attention and you’re getting a superb addition to the family.
As we reach the midway point of our collection of the best Australian shepherd mixes, the Aussiedoodle – sometimes also called an Aussiepoodle or an Aussiepoo – is a popular and immensely loyal hybrid.
This mixed breed works well as a companion dog, and they’re happy and playful, eager to slot neatly into family life.
Not only does the Aussiedoodle enjoy spending time with people – adult and children – but they are also great around other dogs.
Like many Australian shepherd mixes, this hybrid demands lots of exercise. They are also very intelligent dogs requiring regular interaction and stimulation.
Easily trainable and well-behaved, this cross breed is a smart choice for first-time owners, making for a very forgiving and rewarding pet.
9) Australian Boxherd
The Boxherd is a medium-sized hybrid of the boxer and Australian shepherd.
This dog has a strong work ethic and extremely high energy levels, not surprising considering the hard-working parent breeds. Aussie shepherds are herding dogs, while boxers have a hunting and guarding background.
The Boxherd is always eager to please, and they’re always ready to get to work. One of the more popular boxer cross breeds, the Boxherd has become increasingly sought after in recent years.
Boxherds demand lots of intense exercise to stay happy and healthy. If you are not too keen on spending time outdoors and your idea of exercising a dog is a quick stroll around the block from time to time, you should perhaps reconsider bringing a Boxherd home. These dogs are happiest in homes with large yards so they can stretch their legs and roam around.
Crossing the Great Pyrenees with the Australian shepherd generates the cute Shepnees.
While this mixed breed works well as a watch dog or guard dog, they’ll also make for loving family pets.
As long as you take care of proper and early socialization, you should end up with a balanced and highly rewarding addition to the family.
Set aside plenty of time to maintain the impressive coat of these dogs. They need regular brushing and frequent grooming to look their best. Even with the right care, these dogs still shed heavily, so they’re not the smoothest fit if anyone in your family has allergies or sensitivities.
If you cross the spirited Aussie shepherd with the bulky and charismatic Akita, you get the adorable Aussiekita.
You’ll need plenty of space for these dogs to spread out in the yard, as they have high energy levels.
Given the right environment and proper training, though, the Aussiekita can slot neatly into life with an active family. If you live in an apartment, don’t even thinking about bringing an Aussiekita home.
The Australian shepherd crossed with the beagle gives you the Sheagle.
A smart and active mixed breed, the Sheagle needs lots of exercise and firm boundaries, or he may easily play up and try taking advantage of your good nature. A lack of exercise will leave him frustrated.
The Sheagle is a great fit for families with young children. They love playing the role of constant playmate, and they’ll thrive on the mental stimulation as well.
The beagle genes come through in the form of a heightened prey drive. Keep your Sheagle on the leash when you’re out walking.
The popular Baussie comes from crossing an Australian shepherd with a Boston terrier.
You’ll end up with a demanding and energetic pup always looking for some attention. These dogs love nothing more than to play, and they have seemingly endless reserves of energy. Don’t think about bringing one of these mixed breeds home if you prefer your dogs relaxed and docile.
If these dogs are left alone, they often misinterpret this as neglect, and they can become quite low and possibly exhibit destructive behaviors in response.
While this is not the most popular of the Boston terrier cross breeds, it’s still a favorite the world over, according to the AKC (American Kennel Club).
The Welsh corgi crossed with an Australian shepherd gives you a dog that’s ideally suited to life on a farm. Both parent breeds are workaholics, always ready to spring into action.
You don’t need to have acres and acres of land to accommodate these dogs, but it certainly helps if you have plenty of outdoor space and the desire to spend time vigorously exercising your Augi.
The Augi is easily trainable and likes to spend time around children, making these dogs excellent family pets.
If you cross a dalmatian with the Australian shepherd, the resulting Dalshep is a demanding dog that’s not for everyone.
This mixed breed doesn’t respond well to spending extended periods alone, so think again if you spend long spells away from home and the dog will be unattended.
While undeniably beautiful, these dogs are high-maintenance, so make certain you can live up to the job.
The Dalshep can take on the distinctive markings of either parent, or they could manifest both in a striking combination.
We trust you have found some inspiring cross-breeds in our collection of the Best Australian shepherd mixes.
Always do plenty of research before bring any new dog into the family, but we hope today’s brief guide has given you some ideas to use as a springboard.
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