About the Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd is a well-balanced herding dog with moderate bone. He is attentive and dynamic, showing strength and stamina combined with unusual versatility. Slightly longer than tall, he has a coat of moderate length that come in a variety of different colours. The Four standard colours are Black, Blue Merle, Red, Red Merle. Each of these colours may have white or copper trim allowing for 16 different colour combinations.
The Australian Shepherd will in the US have a natural or docked bobtail making the Australian Shepherd easily identifiable. In Denmark it's no longer allowed to dock a dogs tail and therefore you will only see Australian Shepherd born with natural bobtail (NBT), otherwise the tail comes in all lengths, you can identy a full tail by the white tip at the end of the tail.
The Australian Shepherd is intelligent and animated. It's primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts and is an exceptional companion. It's agile and easily trained, making for a versatile dog that excels not only in the herding venues, but also in agility, disc, flyball, rally-o or any other task you set it to. The Australian Shepherd is not the dog for everyone. They are happiest when given a job to do or kept active. A bored Australian Shepherd will find his own job to do, which can lead to destructive behaviour.
Socialization and obedience is extremely important for the Australian Shepherd. Australian Shepherds have been used as guide dogs and therapy dogs who visit children or the elderly in hospitals.
Danish Breed Standard - Australian Shepherd
Usefull Information on Australian Shepherd
Illustrated American Breed Standard