The Australian Shepherd, a lean, tough ranch dog, is one of those ‘only in America’ stories: a European breed perfected in California by way of Australia. Fixtures on the rodeo circuit, are closely connected to the cowboy life.
The Australian Shepherd, the cowboy’s herding dog of choice, is a medium-sized worker with a keen and aware eye for detail. Aussie coats offer different looks, including merle (a mottled pattern with contrasting shades of blue or red). In all ways, they’re the picture of rugged and agile movers of stock. Aussies exhibit an irresistible impulse to herd anything: birds, dogs, kids. This strong work ethic can make Aussies the perfect active companion. Aussies are remarkably intelligent, quite capable of hoodwinking an unsuspecting novice owner. But if you’re looking for an intelligent, energetic, and trainable partner for work or sport, your search could end here.