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Australian Shepherd Dogs are herding dogs that also make excellent all-purpose working farm and ranch dogs. It’s a fun fact that the Australian Shepherd or Aussie actually originated in the US, contrary to the breed’s name. Australian Shepherds are adaptable, athletic and versatile. Aussies are energetic, animated characters that love lots of activity and need a job to be content and happy. Australian Shepherd dogs have the trainability, mental drive and stamina to do well in many areas. Australian Shepherds are highly regarded for their skills herding, tracking and in search and rescue. Aussies make great therapy and guide dogs as well as being successful in competitive dog sports. You’ll see Aussies across the country in obedience, agility, flyball, freestyle dance, tracking and any sports that requires thought and activity!