The Standard Australian Shepherd
Standard Australian Shepherds were originally bred to herd livestock, and remain a working dog breed at heart; the Aussie, as it's nicknamed, is happiest when it has a job to do. These high energy, medium-sized dogs can be a wonderful family pets if their intelligence and energy are channeled into dog sports or activities. Like many herding dogs, Aussies are, by nature, loyal to their family. American Kennel Club describes Standard Aussies as, "Smart, work-oriented, exuberant—did we mention smart?" These high energy, playful dogs make a great addition to any family. Standard Aussies are between 18-23 inches and can range anywhere from 35-70 lbs.
The Miniature Australian (American) Shepherd
Miniature Australian Shepherds were bred with the goal of creating a small sized dog, but maintaining an active character and intelligence. Their small size was looked upon with favor, as they could more easily double as a household pet as well as a herding dog for smaller livestock such as sheep and goats. Mini Aussies also excel at dog sports such as herding, agility, obedience, disc dog, flyball, and others. They are an intelligent working breed with instincts for herding and flock guarding. Miniature Australian Shepherds also known as Miniature American Shepherds are easy to train, enthusiastic and persistent to their work, and are protective, devoted, and loyal to their family. Mini Aussies are between 14-18 inches and are 20-31 pounds.
(Standard and Miniature) Australian Shepherds come in 4 different coat colors: Black Tri, Blue Merle, Red Tri, and Red Merle.
The Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is an extremely intelligent, active, and sturdy dog breed. Developed by Australian settlers to drive herds of cattle on expansive ranches, Cattle Dogs are still used today as a herding dog. These robust, medium-sized dogs make exceptional pets, but they thrive on having a job and being apart of all family activities. Cattle Dogs are loyal to and protective of their family. Besides herding work, the Australian Cattle Dog does well at canine sports, including agility, obedience, rally, flyball, and flying disc competitions. Cattle Dogs are also nicknamed "Red Heeler" or "Blue Heeler" on the basis of their coloring. They are between 17-22 inches and are 30-50 pounds.
Australian Cattle Dogs come in 2 different coat colors: Red and Blue