The breed has no real connection to Australia. In fact, the Australian Shepherd we know today was developed mainly in the United States. They originated in the Basque region between France and Spain as a working dog and herder. The breed got the name “Australian Shepherd” because manu of the Basque shepherds came from Australia. Australian Shepherds became more popular for their unique herding skill in the mid-twentieth century.
Australian Shepherds are loyal, dependable, and easygoing companions. They are excellent with children as these dogs love to play and they have a gentle nature that prevents their play from ever getting rough. They can be a little standoffish at first, but with given time, they will become comfortable with new people. They have great guarding instincts and a strong sense of loyalty to their families.
Like most herding breeds, these dogs have a strong work ethic. They are more eager to be in field and less eager to hang out with the family. They are not really suited for apartment living as these dogs need a long run in the woods or field work.
This breed has a life expectancy of 15 years with common health issues including hip dysplasia, cataracts, and hypothyroidism.