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- His exact origin is unknown but the breed we know today was developed in the United States and is not a native of Australia as his name implies.
- He is called an Australian Sheppard because he was developed from Basque Shepherd dogs who came from Australia
- He was developed as a herding dog
- He has been used as a ranch dog, guide dog, hearing dog, drug detector, search-and-rescue dog, and therapy dog.
Personality and Behavior
- He likes nothing more the being with you and bonds very closely to you
- He has a natural tendency to herd; whether it be sheep, children, guests, or small animals and may nip at their feet to get them moving
- He can be highly protective of his property
- He has a lot of stamina and is very nimble, and quick on his feet
- He's good natured and not aggressive
- He takes a while to warm up to strangers
- He is highly intelligent, a fast learner, and excels at guarding and herding
- He loves to play!
- If he's bored he will find ways to entertain himself and can become destructive
- He's very easy to train. He learns commands very quickly.
- He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.
Grooming / Maintenance
- His medium-length coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).
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