Are you looking for Australian Shepherds for sale? Before you run to your closest breeder, you might want to check out these surprising facts. One of the most popular dogs in the United States, the Australian Shepherd is an unbelievably loyal dog. It’s also extremely smart and even holds a world record. (You won’t believe what it is, but it will make you laugh when you find out!) From how much Australian Shepherds shed to their basic temperament and so much more, these are 25 surprising Australian Shepherd facts you might not know.
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In spite of its name, the Australian Shepherd (familiarly known as the Aussie) does not actually originate from Australia. The breed was in fact developed on ranches in the US in the 19th century for herding purposes.
There are many theories on which breeds were used to create the Australian Shepherd. Its ancestors probably include the Collie and some shepherd-type dogs that were imported with shipments of sheep from Australia during the 1840s (hence this dog´s name).
There are four basic colors of the Australian Shepherd – black, blue merle, red and red merle. However, each of these colors may have copper points or white markings in various combinations on the face, chest and legs.
The Aussies have very interesting eyes. Their eyes may be brown, amber or crystal blue but it is not unusual to see this dog with one of a different color than the other (a condition known as heterochromia iridum).
As many breeders historically docked these dogs´ tails, some Australian Shepherd puppies are born with naturally bobbed tails. Consequently, it is difficult to determine the typical length of their tails.
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