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Breed Information:

Despite their name, the Australian Shepherd dog breed originated in western United States, not Australia, around the time of the Gold Rush in the 1840s. Originally bred to herd livestock, they remain a working dog at heart.

The Aussie, as they're nicknamed, are happiest when they have a job to do. They can be wonderful family companions if their intelligence and energy are channeled into dog sports or activities.

Intelligent, hard working, and versatile, the Aussie is a dog who thrives in a home where his brains and energy are put to good use. Because they got energy to burn, they need plenty of exercise, a walk around the neighborhood won't cut it, at least a small yard. Lacking a job to do, they become bored, destructive, and loud. Or they might invent their own job: herd the kids, either yours or neighbors, chasing cars or other animals, or taking your house apart. If you don't have the time or energy to train and exercise the Aussie on a daily basis, they are not for you.

But if you're interested in competitive smart dog, the Aussie's the one. This agile, medium-size dog is a top contender in all levels of obedience, agility, flyball, and herding tests.They also successful in such canine careers as guide dogs, hearing dog, assistance dog, police dog, and search and rescue work.

Aussie's heritage as a working dog makes them a loyal companion who can be protective of home and family. They get along with kids, although they'll probably try to "herd" them unless you teach them not too.

The Aussie makes life an adventure. They will work and play from sunrise to sunset and win your heart with their loyal and loving personality. This versatile breed is a terrific family companion, but only if that family is an active one.

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