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Australian Shepard

Australian Shepard

The Australian shepherd, commonly known as an Aussie, is a breed of dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States.

The Australian shepherd, commonly known as an Aussie, is a breed of dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States.

Despite its name, the breed was not developed in Australia, but rather in the United States where they were seen in the West as early as the 1800s. The Australian Shepherd’s history is vague, as is the reason for its misleading name. It is believed by some that the breed has Basque origins in Spain and was used there by shepherds. Those shepherds might, then, have immigrated to the West Coast of the United States via Australia. However, scientific evidence has shown that the breed has lineage from American dogs that originally came over the Bering Land Bridge. What is known is that it developed in western North America in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Standard size Aussies start at 18 in and up. Aussie colors are black, red (sometimes called liver), blue merle (marbled black, white and gray), and red merle (marbled red, white and buff), each of these colors may also have copper (tan) points or white markings in various combination on the face, chest, and legs. A black or red dog with copper and white trim is called tricolor or tri, a black or red dog with white trim but no copper is called bicolor or bi. White, rather than pigment, on or around the ears is an indicator of increased risk for white-related deafness.

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