Aussie is an athletic dog of medium size and bone; The Australian Shepherd is lithe, agile, and slightly longer than it is tall. The double coat is weather resistant, with the outer coat of medium texture and length, straight to wavy. The expression is keen, intelligent, and eager.
The Australian Shepherd is not from Australia and was, in fact, developed by Basque shepherds right here in the USA. The confusion about his origins is only one of many misconceptions about this talented and hard-working herding dog.
Australian Shepherds are easy-going, remaining puppy-like even in their adult years. This courageous dog makes a good watchdog for the home. Aussies are excellent with children, even with an active child, as they love to play. They are devoted, loyal friends and guardians, for they are naturally protective.