The Australian Shepherd was developed for versatile
work on farms and
ranches across the United States. This required a dog who could handle
a variety of livestock in both the open range and in pens. It also
required a dog who could protect his family and livestock when
necessary. This breed's origin should always be kept in consideration.
This is a breed meant to be a working stockdog.
The Australian Shepherd should be calm and confident
but can be aloof in its initial meetings with strangers and reserved in
new situations. A reserved
might stand stoically, without
expression or interaction during an initial meeting. This should not be
mistaken for fear or shyness.
away from humans, new objects or being easily frightened by everyday
motion, noises and situations are indications of shyness. Any display
of unwarranted aggression is not to be tolerated.