The Australian Shepherd:

It is assumed that the origin of the Australian Shepherd is located in the 19th century.

Immigrants came with their Merino sheep (Australian Sheep) to the United States and brought their sheepdogs (probably among others Collie, Pyrenean Shepherd, Australian Cattle Dog) with them.
Crossbreeding these dogs with various American races the outcome was a bright, lively, intelligent and reliable Sheepdog which the Indians called "ghost-eyed dog" at that time. This is probably the ancestor of the dogs that we call Australian Shepherd today.

Conclusion: The Australian Shepherd is NOT Australian :-)


General Appearance:

The Australian Shepherd is a well-balanced dog of medium size and bone. He is vigilant and active, showing strength and stamina combined with extraordinary agility. It is slightly longer than tall, and has a coat of moderate length and coarseness with the colorations which allows a large variety and individuality in each fellow.

Characteristic is the natural bobtail (NBT).



The Australian Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. He is an exceptional companion. He is versatile and easily trained, performing his assigned tasks with great enthusiasm and full of motivation. He is cautious with strangers but not shy.

Time, energy, consistency and of course love has to be present, if one decides for a worker in this class!
If you can answer for all "yes" to all these points, nothing stands in the way to an exciting and happy future for you with your Aussie.

Nevertheless the Australian Shepherd is not supposed to be only a family dog. The natural protective instinct and – for the underutilized Aussie – the possibly upcoming idea to guard the children from time to time is a fact that everybody should keep in mind.
However, with the necessary consistent education and employment he is an exceptional and gracious companion for the whole family.


Ah and not to forget: Aussies are late developers, starting to be an adult at an approximate age of 2 to 3 years!