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.
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.