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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stellermatt
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3 years ago

why can I hear music when I watch this??

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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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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

that's real love

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#3

Here's My Doggo Izzie Holding Her Teddy

Here's My Doggo Izzie Holding Her Teddy

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww gosh!

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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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stellermatt
Community Member
3 years ago

floof content off the scale

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

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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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

'i didn't hear you!'

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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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Rhân
Community Member
3 years ago

Haha he looks a bit mad but cuuuute

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#8

This Is Toby. A Cat Got His Tongue

This Is Toby. A Cat Got His Tongue

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Jermaine lee Amponsah
Community Member
3 years ago

if he blinked then he would touch his tonge >>>> staring contest

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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

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rakuninaru
Community Member
3 years ago

not happy

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#10

I Found A Sthick

I Found A Sthick

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Ronja Rövardotter
Community Member
3 years ago

Good job buddy! It suits you :-)

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#11

Brother From Another Mother

Brother From Another Mother

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Lilli Delilah
Community Member
3 years ago

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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Aurelia Grey
Community Member
3 years ago

Simply charming.

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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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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

Priceless expression :D

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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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Rhân
Community Member
3 years ago

No I‘m not THAT old!

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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

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

I can feel the soft!

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#16

My Dog Out-Cools Me At Every Opportunity

My Dog Out-Cools Me At Every Opportunity

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Anda Lu
Community Member
3 years ago

Thug life...

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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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kalle1724
Community Member
3 years ago

Nice... I had to carry our Aussie/Black Lab across the Suspension Bridge at Red River Gorge ..she was not having it.

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#18

A Majestic Beast

A Majestic Beast

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donewithlifeu
Community Member
3 years ago

majestic indeed!

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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

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

those eyes!

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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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Ronja Rövardotter
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG! I am in love! This one is too perfect!

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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...
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#22

Beauty Shot!

Beauty Shot!

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

Gorgeous

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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

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Ilona Z
Community Member
3 years ago

such a cuttie! ...wait, would you sneak the photo of the dog or of the girl('s bottom?) :-x

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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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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

His nose! :D

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#25

Peek - A - Boo

Peek - A - Boo

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Braelin Malham
Community Member
3 years ago

That's soooo cute

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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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Danie Lüttringhaus
Community Member
3 years ago

If it fits, he sits!

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#27

Little Mo

Little Mo

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Jill Rhoads
Community Member
3 years ago

What a cute door stop.

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#28

Running Up To Chomp A Flower

Running Up To Chomp A Flower

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Boopable boop

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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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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
Community Member
3 years ago

U can't see me!

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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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Jill Rhoads
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the title...it’s sooo true.

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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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Matrix Mocs
Community Member
3 years ago

I love it!

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#32

Sleep In Heavenly Peace

Sleep In Heavenly Peace

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C.Marrero
Community Member
3 years ago

The dog on the bottom looks kinda awake

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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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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
3 years ago

Eyes like David Bowie

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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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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Gasp! I can't breathe!

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#35

Ahhhh.... Nap Time!

Ahhhh.... Nap Time!

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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG! He's smiling!!!

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#36

The Many Faces Of Goose

The Many Faces Of Goose

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rakuninaru
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful!

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#37

Two Marbles

Two Marbles

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Jill Rhoads
Community Member
3 years ago

At first I thought this image had some sort of filter until I looked again. Their coloring is gorgeous.

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

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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donewithlifeu
Community Member
3 years ago

he"s trying to do the splits!

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#40

Ball? Stick? Belly Rubs?! What A Day

Ball? Stick? Belly Rubs?! What A Day

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Nini Meow
Community Member
3 years ago

When you get everything you want ... Bliss

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#41

Veterans Day Hug

Veterans Day Hug

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Braelin Malham
Community Member
3 years ago

that's sweet

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#42

Yogi Practicing Together With Her Dog

Yogi Practicing Together With Her Dog

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Jodi Ellis
Community Member
3 years ago

amazing! The dog has better form that me!!

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#43

So Cute, I Wanna Cuddle

So Cute, I Wanna Cuddle

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Braelin Malham
Community Member
3 years ago

adorable

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#44

How Fast Can An Aussie Become A Swamp Monster?

How Fast Can An Aussie Become A Swamp Monster?

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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
Community Member
3 years ago

Two seconds.

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#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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Braelin Malham
Community Member
3 years ago

cute and sweet but adorable

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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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Ilona Z
Community Member
3 years ago

I would be afraid he strangles himself.

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#47

Blizzard Boys

Blizzard Boys

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Lina S.
Community Member
3 years ago

The One in the back is just like, "What just happened?!"

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#48

After Beach And After Bath

After Beach And After Bath

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

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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Nora Bora
Community Member
3 years ago

Not sure about all this, says puppy.

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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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Hawk
Community Member
3 years ago

Dog seption

#51

Had The Best Passenger On The Ride Home Yesterday

Had The Best Passenger On The Ride Home Yesterday

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Leslie Crowley
Community Member
3 years ago

That face! We don't deserve dogs!

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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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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Technically, you're the only walking, but....the company couldn't get better than this! :D

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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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Jill Rhoads
Community Member
3 years ago

Playing hard to get...

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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

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Braelin Malham
Community Member
3 years ago

That is soo sweet

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#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

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Beyond adorable!

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#56

Yeah, You Know You’re Cute

Yeah, You Know You’re Cute

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Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

CUTE!

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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

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

These puppers are way too adorable to be legal!

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#58

Privacy? What Is That?

Privacy? What Is That?

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Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

Hi. I brought you my lovey.

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#59

I Adopted! Ember, The Mini Aussie

I Adopted! Ember, The Mini Aussie

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serena
Community Member
3 years ago

She's sitting on the succulents! Strike one, Ember. ;)

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#60

Finally Got To Bring Home My New Aussie Pup

Finally Got To Bring Home My New Aussie Pup

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Holly Hobby
Community Member
3 years ago

Draw me like one of your French bulldogs

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#61

Ermahgerd Tehnish Behl!

Ermahgerd Tehnish Behl!

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Hawk
Community Member
3 years ago

The face shows it a

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#62

Survived The First Night Together

Survived The First Night Together

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Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

LOL!!

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#63

16 Years Old And Still Knows How To Work The Cuteness, Especially When He Wants Something

16 Years Old And Still Knows How To Work The Cuteness, Especially When He Wants Something

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

He's got the look down pat!

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#64

Thinking About Life And How I Have No Friends...

Thinking About Life And How I Have No Friends...

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Aud Wey
Community Member
3 years ago

That title make me sad :(

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#65

Gimme Dat

Gimme Dat

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Jill Rhoads
Community Member
3 years ago

The perfect dog portrait!

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#66

Before And After Finding Out He’s A Good Boy

Before And After Finding Out He’s A Good Boy

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Alex Craig
Community Member
3 years ago

So happy to be a good boy. Adorable.

#67

Meet Pepper, The Cutest Toy Australian Shepard Ever

Meet Pepper, The Cutest Toy Australian Shepard Ever

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Nikki D
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww

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#68

Nap Time

Nap Time

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Nikki D
Community Member
3 years ago

Are their tails naturally docked?

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#69

Who Stole The Cookies From The Cookie Jar?

Who Stole The Cookies From The Cookie Jar?

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Lina S.
Community Member
3 years ago

Those eyes!!!

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#70

How My Dog Waits For Me In The Bathroom

How My Dog Waits For Me In The Bathroom

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~Ravenclaw~ OwO
Community Member
3 years ago

Tell me is you poo coming along Ok?

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#71

Puppy Time!! Meet My 7 Week Old Mini Australian Shepherd, Oakley

Puppy Time!! Meet My 7 Week Old Mini Australian Shepherd, Oakley