The Australian Shepherd is a herding dog that was developed in the US despite their misleading name. The original dogs were believed to have originated in the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains and named thusly because of their association with the Basque shepherds who travelled from Australia to the US in the 1800s.
Aussies are truly a versatile breed and able to adapt well to situations. They are an energetic breed of dog that do require exercise in stimulation to prevent them from getting bored. Their intelligence lends them being ideal candidates for all different dog sports.
They have a moderate coat in both length and coarseness. Aussies can either be born with a natural bob tail (NBT) or a full length tail. The length of a NBTs tail can vary from either very short to 1 vertebrae short of a full length tail.
Aussies come in blue merle, red merle, black and red - all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points.