Australian Shepherds are the ultimate working dogs. Actually not from Australia, as one might rationally conclude, these pups grew in popularity as herding dogs because of their high energy levels and impressive intellect. These dogs like to be occupied with a job to do, and excel at many activities, including herding, search and rescue, and agility. Aussies often have distinctive merle coloring and bright, striking eyes that come in a variety of colors. They are medium-sized, smart, loyal dogs and make devoted companions to active families.
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Just as their name implies, these sturdy, robust dogs are great herders. They are also loyal, loving, affectionate companions. Australian Cattle Dogs come in two varieties – Blue Heeler and Red Heeler – which refer to their most common colors. Aussies are medium sized and active, incredibly intelligent and eager to work.
Border Collies are considered to be the most intelligent dog breed in the world. Because of this, they are highly trainable and are eager to please, and excel at herding, agility, and other dog sports. These athletic dogs are high energy and need mental and physical stimulation. Border Collies are also affectionate and devoted to their owners.
English Shepherds are believed to descend from a combination of the British Isles’ cattle- and sheepdogs, which Caesar brought to the British Isles when he took over these lands in 55 BC. This breed is fearless, gritty, and always ready to do tasks because he was originally bred to be a working dog. They are eager to please their humans; besides, they make a loyal watchdog alerting their owners when needed. Because of their instincts as a working dog, they require plenty of proper exercise. They fit better into a house that has a backyard where they can roam all the time. English Shepherd is a very intelligent dog, and therefore it is very important to him to get lots of mental exercises to keep him away from boredom. Early training and socialization are very important as well; otherwise, they can turn into being bossy and stubborn. The English Shepherd’s size is about 18 to 23 inches, and the weight is about 40 to 60 pounds.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a newly recognized breed that branched off from the Australian Shepherd. This breed was developed in California in the 1960's to be a smaller, more compact version of the Aussie. They are exceptionally loyal, smart and trainable. Miniature American Shepherds love playing with children and are great travel companions.
These loyal, charming dogs make excellent family pets. They are very sweet, intelligent, and love to be around people, making them ideal for home life. Old English Sheepdogs are large in size and have long, fluffy coats. As their name implies, these dogs were originally bred in England to be sheep herders, but are today more often used as companion animals than working dogs. The Old English Sheepdog is sure to steal the hearts of anyone that meets one!
The Aussiedoodle is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Poodle. Each of those breeds is considered one of the more intelligent breeds, so crossing the two makes for a super-smart pup! Aussiedoodles are extremely patient, which makes them wonderful for families with small children. While Aussiedoodles love to be active, they are just as happy curling up at your feet as they are playing outside.
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