Australian Shepherd Dog

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The Australian Shepherd breed was actually developed in America, but there are many debates over the origins of the foundation stock. It is believed dogs traveled over with flocks of Merino sheep and the Basque shepherds who tended them. Some contend they came to Australia from Spain when the first Merino sheep arrived, and then traveled on to America. Others believe they were Australian Sheepdogs derived from the Smithfield and some type of Collie – possibly the German Coolie or its ancestor. The name came about because of the perceived link with this country and the herding of Australian Merino sheep.

In Australia the breed is in its infancy, only having been introduced in 1990. Australian Shepherds were fully recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council on January 1, 1994. Since then, the dog has gained considerably in popularity, competing successfully in conformation, obedience and agility.

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