Australian Shepherd: Strong Herding Instincts
Another misnomer, the Australian Shepherd originated in the western United States, although the breed got its name because of its association with sheepherders who came to the U.S. from Australia in the 1800s, according to the WKC. Australian Shepherds are valued for their strong herding instincts. “The Australian Shepherd may try to herd children, other dogs or moving cars,” says Bisher, so they definitely need to be leashed on walks.
Trainable and eager to please, the breed is also used as search and rescue dogs, detection dogs, and service and therapy dogs. The intelligent and active Australian Shepherd enjoys obedience and agility training, and needs plenty of exercise.
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