Australian Shepherd Video
History of the Breed
While there are countless theories as to the origin of the Aussie, the breed developed in America. Shepherds from Spain, Britain, Scotland, Australia and Latin America immigrated to North America in the 1800’s. The immigrants brought with them their herding dogs to help protect and manage the flocks of sheep that came with them. While shepherds, the sheep, and the herding dogs arrived in the United States from Australia, it is believed that the ancestors of the Australian Shepherds came from either Spain or from Germany. As with most herding dogs, the Aussie was first known by many names, including California Shepherd, New Mexican Shepherd, Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bob-Tail and Blue Heeler.