Australian Shepherds Are Very Smart Dogs
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Australian Shepherds Are Very Smart Dogs

Australian Shepherds are very smart dogs and they may or may not be from Australia.  Apparently, the Australian Shepherd, some times just called the “Aussie,” descended from a herding dog from Europe.  It is similar to the Border Collie. They immigrated to Australia years ago and them found their way to California.  Since the California ranchers thought the dog was originally from Australia, they called them the Australian Shepherd.

Whatever its beginnings, the Aussie is a familiar sight at rodeos.  As a herding dog, cowboys used the Aussie to help round up the [fusion_tooltip title=”For those who do not get the pun, dogies is a term for runty or orphaned calves.”]“dogies,”[/fusion_tooltip] pun intended.   Dogies is probably best known as part the lyrics from an old cowboy song which goes in part:

Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies
It’s your misfortune and none of my own
Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies
You know that Wyoming will be your new home

The Aussie is longer than it is tall, but is well balanced and sturdy.  They can outsmart a novice owner so if you decide to get an Aussie, be ready for a tireless, intelligent, and highly trainable partner.  They come is different colors but my favorite is merle which is a mottled pattern with shades of blue or red.

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The Australian Shepherd has some genetic  issues which can cause deafness or blindness.  So, make sure you check the hearing of any puppy you are considering.The Australian Shepherd  stays young at heart throughout its lifetime. It is even tempered and does well with children, so it can be a great family dog.

Since Australian Shepherds are very smart dogs, you can easily train them.  However, because they are so smart, the Aussie needs a lot of stimulation, both mental and physical activity, to prevent boredom. They do not like being left alone and can get nervous and destructive.  They make good watchdogs and are very courageous.

For more information about the Australian Shepherd visit

American Kennel Club
United States Australian Shepherd Association.