The Australian Shepherd is actually from the United States and first caught most Americans' attention by doing tricks in rodeos. They're smart, enthusiastic, and versatile, and they need consistent activity and a purpose to be satisfied. “Aussies,” as their fans call them, make for excellent contenders in herding, obedience, and agility events.
Australian Shepherds' intelligence, drive, and stamina also give this breed the skills and temperament to help in search and rescue missions or detection, or to act as hearing, therapy, or assistance dogs.
This medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 40-65 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Herding group. Learn more!