Herding Breeds

Australian Shepherds, or more commonly known as "Aussies", are a highly energetic medium-sized breed known for their excellence in agility competitions. Aussies are intelligent, love to play and because they were originally bred as ranch dogs are naturally protective of their property. Australian Shepherds come in four main colors: solid black, solid red, red/liver merle and blue merle with possible markings of tan and white on the face, chest and legs.

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Widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed, Border Collies are working dogs originally bred for herding sheep in Scotland back in the late 1800's. Border Collies come in a variety of beautiful coat colors and patterns including bi-colored and tri-colored blue merle, black and white and a number of solid colors as well. Border Collies are known for being energetic yet obedient and require a considerable amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis. While they've long been known for being a fantastic working breed, Border Collies are becoming an increasingly popular companion and competition dog as well.

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As the name indicates, German Shepherds originated in Germany right around the year 1900 and are most commonly associated with being police or military dogs. While German Shepherds excel as modern day working dogs, their protective and loyal nature, good looks and trainability also make them fantastic family, competition, show, and even acting dogs as well.

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