About Australian Shepherds
Despite his name, the Australian Shepherd originated in the western U.S., not Australia, around the time of the Gold Rush in the 1840s. Originally bred to herd livestock, he remains a working dog breed at heart; the Aussie, as he’s nicknamed, is happiest when he has a job to do. He can be a wonderful family companion if his intelligence and energy are channeled into dog sports or activities.
This agile, medium-size dog with the naturally bobbed or docked tail is a top contender in all levels of obedience, agility, flyball, and herding tests. He's also successful in such canine careers as therapy dog, guide dog, hearing dog, assistance dog, police dog, and search and rescue work.
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If you’re looking for a brainy, tireless, and trainable partner for work or sport, your search might end here.
(info from the American Kennel Club https://www.akc.org/)