Australian Shepherds are an American stock dog initially bred to herd Australian sheep. Like their fellow sheepdogs, Aussies are active, working dogs that are as loyal as they are intelligent. Like many other canines, they come in a range of sizes from “mini-Aussie” (North American Shepherd, per AKC) to “Aussie” (Australian Shepherd per AKC). Sadly, these loyal, hardworking dogs are predisposed to similar ailments as other shepherd breeds, such as hip dysplasia, vision issues, epilepsy, and cancer.
Fortunately, such issues can be alleviated by instilling healthy habits early on. And one of the most important habits to start with is ensuring that your dog has a balanced and nutritious diet. Feeding your Australian Shepherd the right food is the first step to making sure he or she has all of the nutrients they need to thrive.