It’s hard to find a smarter and more majestic canine than the Australian Shepherd, which is not from the Land Down Under but from California via European shepherd stock.
Originally, they were the cowboy’s best friend, but now they can be your ultimate companion as long as you’re up for a lot of pooch — intense training, attention and opportunities for activity. You will be rewarded with a highly intelligent and loyal companion.
Temperament: Smart, work-oriented, exuberant
Height: 20-23 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
Weight: 50-65 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
Life expectancy: 12-15 years