Despite their name, Australian Shepherds have little to do with the Down Under. This dog breed has originated in the Basque region between France and Spain, where many shepherds came from an Australian descent, hence the Australian dog name. Later on, because of their incredible trainability and herding abilities, these dogs were favorited by American farmers and cowboys where the official breed registration began. Even though these shepherd dogs are still working in farms herding cattle, their big brains and warm hearts have won over regular people across the world, too. Bored Panda has compiled a list of examples why Australian Shepherds are the best dog breed to have around.

From clinging onto their humans and being the best dogs ever to solving just about any puzzle they encounter, you could argue that these K9s are the Good Will Huntings of the animal kingdom. Aussies do need quite a lot of exercise, and though they excel in dog training, when bored they may invent their own games, which to a very busy owner might appear as destructive hyperactivity. Also, some of these dogs still have a lot of working qualities in them, so they might even try to herd little kids.

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#1

My Dog, Zion, An Australian Shepherd, Was Showing Off His Little Rain Dance In My Garden

My Dog, Zion, An Australian Shepherd, Was Showing Off His Little Rain Dance In My Garden

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#2

I Came Home From Vacation Yesterday, And My Dog Hasn't Left Me Alone Since

I Came Home From Vacation Yesterday, And My Dog Hasn't Left Me Alone Since

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#4

Here's My Boy Ripley And His Flock

Here's My Boy Ripley And His Flock

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#5

Before And After I Sign Good Boy To My Deaf Dog

Before And After I Sign Good Boy To My Deaf Dog

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Ivo H
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor baby :( No one should breed double merle, they have serious health issues! Anyway, he looks really happy

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#6

Puppy Doesn't Want To Get Out Of Bed

Puppy Doesn't Want To Get Out Of Bed

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#7

I Work As A Dog Groomer. This Pup Is Amazing

I Work As A Dog Groomer. This Pup Is Amazing

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#9

Three Months Later. The Face When Your Baby Brother Outgrows You

Three Months Later. The Face When Your Baby Brother Outgrows You

lostdrunkpuppy Report

Emmy Funke
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What happened to knowing your place, you little sh......

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#10

I Found A Sthick

I Found A Sthick

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#11

Brother From Another Mother

Brother From Another Mother

fletcherandopal Report

Lilli Delilah
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha I still can’t believe believe fletcher and araya are doing the rounds. These guys belong to Charlotte Reeves of http://www.charlottereeves.com.au/ Fletcher now has a sister, opal. If you like Aussie shepherds go and check out @fletcherandopal on instagram

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#12

The Only Kind Of Transformation I Care About

The Only Kind Of Transformation I Care About

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#13

My Girlfriend Made Me Go With Her To The Flower Shop. Wasn't Thrilled Until This Dude Showed Up And Sat In Front Of Me

My Girlfriend Made Me Go With Her To The Flower Shop. Wasn't Thrilled Until This Dude Showed Up And Sat In Front Of Me

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#14

My Dog Is Horrified That It's Her Birthday

My Dog Is Horrified That It's Her Birthday

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#15

The Greatest Dog Ever Came Into My Work Today. Kodak The Australian Shepard

The Greatest Dog Ever Came Into My Work Today. Kodak The Australian Shepard

ChiefBroChill Report

#16

My Dog Out-Cools Me At Every Opportunity

My Dog Out-Cools Me At Every Opportunity

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#17

This Is The Best Photo I've Ever Taken... It's All Downhill From Here Folk

This Is The Best Photo I've Ever Taken... It's All Downhill From Here Folk

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#19

Meet Indy He's My 8 Week Mini Aussie Shepherd. He Finally Sat Still For A Second And I Got This Pic

Meet Indy He's My 8 Week Mini Aussie Shepherd. He Finally Sat Still For A Second And I Got This Pic

ShagMeyer Report

Ilona Z
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

c'mon, he poses for you with playful crossed legs! :D (and he's adorable, like... cuteness in its best... :-x oh god, i love dogs. we don't deserve them. sorry for unwanting emotive pouring my heard, just... dogieees!!)

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#20

Waiting To Surprise My SO With This Little Nugget When She Gets Home From Work

Waiting To Surprise My SO With This Little Nugget When She Gets Home From Work

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#21

We Found Some Kitties Emerging From Under The Shed During A Tornado Warning. Our Five Month Old Aussie Seems To Have Adopted Them. I Give You Abby And The Catbabies

We Found Some Kitties Emerging From Under The Shed During A Tornado Warning. Our Five Month Old Aussie Seems To Have Adopted Them. I Give You Abby And The Catbabies

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Pi...
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this the most! Wish I could upvote it a gajillion times!

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#23

Was Trying To Sneak A Photo When This Pretty Girl Suddenly Turned Around And Flashed Me This Big Smile

Was Trying To Sneak A Photo When This Pretty Girl Suddenly Turned Around And Flashed Me This Big Smile

erisedwild Report

~Ravenclaw~ OwO
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really hope you were trying to sneak a photo of the puppy. And not the girls butt.

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#24

After 26 Years Of Waiting... I Finally Got My First Dog! This Is Bolt!

After 26 Years Of Waiting... I Finally Got My First Dog! This Is Bolt!

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#25

Peek - A - Boo

Peek - A - Boo

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Alex Craig
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I melt every time I see a doggie tilt his head in confusion or questioning. Just love it.

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#26

How My Dog Has Changed In Last 2+ Years

How My Dog Has Changed In Last 2+ Years

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#28

Running Up To Chomp A Flower

Running Up To Chomp A Flower

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#29

This Australian Cattle Dog Puppy Is Perfectly Camouflaged!

This Australian Cattle Dog Puppy Is Perfectly Camouflaged!

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#30

First Taste Of Peanut Butter... Aaaand He's Addicted

First Taste Of Peanut Butter... Aaaand He's Addicted

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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Do you have more of this???? I'll pay you anything. I'll give you unlimited kisses!

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#31

I Think I Have A New Favourite Picture Of My Dog: Bolt! It's Just So Majestic

I Think I Have A New Favourite Picture Of My Dog: Bolt! It's Just So Majestic

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#33

Took My Aussie For A Walk Today! Got This Shot Of Her As I Was About To Throw Her Ball

Took My Aussie For A Walk Today! Got This Shot Of Her As I Was About To Throw Her Ball

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#34

First Day With My Pupper. Meet Skye, The Mini Aussie!

First Day With My Pupper. Meet Skye, The Mini Aussie!

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#36

The Many Faces Of Goose

The Many Faces Of Goose

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#37

Two Marbles

Two Marbles

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Pi...
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God dabbed a paintbrush in black ink and splattered it onto these masterpieces!

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#38

Proud To Be An Aunt For This Adorable Aussie Pupper. Meet Roo

Proud To Be An Aunt For This Adorable Aussie Pupper. Meet Roo

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Ronja Rövardotter
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pink paws! Aww! And that fluff butt! It is so fluffy I am gonna die!!

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#39

Not Quite Sure What Is Happening Here

Not Quite Sure What Is Happening Here

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Aurelia Grey
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's a new Yoga position: "Sitting Dog, Lotus Flower Paws"

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#40

Ball? Stick? Belly Rubs?! What A Day

Ball? Stick? Belly Rubs?! What A Day

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#42

Yogi Practicing Together With Her Dog

Yogi Practicing Together With Her Dog

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Jodi Ellis
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

amazing! The dog has better form that me!!

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#43

So Cute, I Wanna Cuddle

So Cute, I Wanna Cuddle

teenyaussies Report

#44

How Fast Can An Aussie Become A Swamp Monster?

How Fast Can An Aussie Become A Swamp Monster?

SWendels Report

#45

Even A Year Later, She's Got The Same Smile!

Even A Year Later, She's Got The Same Smile!

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#46

This Looks Like A Good Spot To Rest My Eyes

This Looks Like A Good Spot To Rest My Eyes

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#47

Blizzard Boys

Blizzard Boys

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Hawk
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So like you went to blizzard in a blizzard, or you in a real blizzard while you are wanting to go to blizzard

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#48

After Beach And After Bath

After Beach And After Bath

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Pi...
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Judging by his expressions, I think he prefers the beach XD

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#49

Our Puppies First Snow Day

Our Puppies First Snow Day

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#50

When Mom Says 'Hug Your Brother' But You Look Really Awkward While Doing It

When Mom Says 'Hug Your Brother' But You Look Really Awkward While Doing It

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#51

Had The Best Passenger On The Ride Home Yesterday

Had The Best Passenger On The Ride Home Yesterday

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#52

I'll Never Get Tired Of Walking These

I'll Never Get Tired Of Walking These

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Hawk
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, technically you are the one walking and they are the ones sitting, I would sit,

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#53

When You Try To Take Cute Pics Of Your Dog But He's Not Having It

When You Try To Take Cute Pics Of Your Dog But He's Not Having It

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#54

It Was My Pups Second Birthday The Other Day. He Wasn't Thrilled With All The Pictures

It Was My Pups Second Birthday The Other Day. He Wasn't Thrilled With All The Pictures

PhilosophicSloth Report

#55

Sometimes Walking Is Hard, But I'm Always Happy When Mom Carries Me The Rest Of The Way

Sometimes Walking Is Hard, But I'm Always Happy When Mom Carries Me The Rest Of The Way

gunnarminiaussie Report

Ola Pe
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is just too sweet! Oh wait! I am a cat person! What have you done to me Bored Panda😁😁😁

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#57

Aussie Shepard Is Excited To Come To His New Home

Aussie Shepard Is Excited To Come To His New Home

NvDiSrEdSrT Report

#59

I Adopted! Ember, The Mini Aussie