This breed was developed in the United States of America during the past century by crossing several herding breeds together, and selecting for a hard working intense herder.This medium sized breed is very active and requires a home where they will get generous amounts of exercise and work to do. They make ideal running companions and are loyal and easy to train.
This double-coated breed has a dense, straight/slightly wavy and moderate length topcoat. The under coat is dense and weather proof. The Australian Shepherd can be blue merle, red merle, black, liver or red with or without white and/or tan markings.