Shepherd is a breed of working dog that was developed on ranches in the
Western United States in the 19th century. Despite its name, the breed,
commonly known as an Aussie, did not in fact originate in Australia.
Nevertheless, the breed acquired the name because of it's association
with sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia.
Australian Shepherds rose rapidly in popularity with the boom of western
riding after World War II. They became known to the general public
through rodeos, horse shows and through Disney movies made for
For decades, Aussies have been valued by stockmen for their inherent
versatility and trainability. While they continue to work as stockdogs
and compete in herding trials, the breed has earned recognition in other
roles due to their trainability and eagerness to please and are highly
regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds, the
Aussie has considerable energy and drive and usually needs a job to do.
It often excels at dog sports such as dog agility, flyball and frisbee.
They are also highly successful Search and Rescue dogs, disaster dogs,
detection dogs, guide, service and therapy dogs. And, above all, they
are beloved family companions.