From the great Pyrenees mountains of Europe to the ranches of California, Australian shepherds are known for their distinctive looks and high-energy attitudes. These patterned pups are ready to run and learn new tricks with their favorite human.
Known as world-class shepherds for centuries, the indigenous people called Basques used the Pyrenean shepherd breed to help with farming on the border of France and Spain. In the early 1800s, several Basques brought their dogs east to Australia. With the promise of perfect pastures for cattle ranching, they crossbred their dogs with border collies.