The Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, is a breed of herding dog. Some say the Aussies come from farms in western United States, others say they come from the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. One thing is certain; they do not come from Australia. They got the name from herding Australian sheep.
Like all working breeds, the Aussies have a lot of energy and need a job to do. These dogs excel at agility, flyball, and frisbee. They are also used as search-and-rescue dogs, disaster dogs, guide-, service-, and therapy dogs.