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A History of the Australian Shepherd

                  
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                                 AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD HISTORY

Although there are many theories about the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed as we know it today developed exclusively in the United States.  It probably originated in the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France, but was dubbed the Australian Shepherd because of its association with Basque shepherds who came to the United States from Australia in the 1800's.

As with most working breeds, the Australian Shepherd was initially called by many names, including Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bon tail, Blue Heeler, New Mexican Shepherd and California Shepherd.

The Australian Shepherd's popularity rose rapidly after World War II. The breed became known to the general public via appearances in rodeos, horse shows, movies and television programs.  Its inherent versatility and trainability made it a useful asset on farms and ranches as a herding dog.  

Ranchers continued to develop the breed, maintaining the adaptability, keen intelligence, strong herding instincts, and eye-catching appearance that originally won its admirers.  As a herder, the Australia Shepherd is a loose to medium eyedog.  ("Eye" is a general term used to describe the way a dog controls stock with its gaze)  It will watch an entire group of animals, but not with an intense gaze.  Some dogs use more eye in situations where added power is required to move stubborn or balky animals, while holding off on single animals, as in the shed.

The Aussie (as the breed is nicknamed) is a truly versatile dog.  It is so sound minded that it easily adapts to various situations.  Today the Australian Shepherd serves humanity in every imaginable way: as working ranchdogs, guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, therapy dogs, drug detectors, and search and rescue dogs.

The breed is not registered in Australia as a native breed, although Australian Shepherds have been registered by NSDR since the 1950's.  In the United States the Australian Shepherd Associatons work hard to maintain the breed true to type in its land of origin.  The breed entered the AKC stud book in 1991 as the 135th breed.


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