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The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent working dog of strong herding and guarding instincts. He is a loyal companion and has the stamina to work all day. He is well balanced, slightly longer than tall, of medium size and bone, with coloring that offers variety and individuality. He is attentive and animated, lithe and agile, solid and muscular without cloddiness. He has a coat of moderate length and coarseness. He has a docked or natural bobbed tail.
Blue merle, black, red merle, red-all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points, with no order of preference.
The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent, active dog with an even disposition; he is good natured, seldom quarrelsome. He may be somewhat reserved in initial meetings.
The Australian ShepherdÆs origins are vague, but at least one ancestor can be traced back to the herding dogs of Spain; the Basque. Once arriving to the U.S., the Basque was quickly bred with other herding breeds to create the Aussies of today.