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About the Australian Shepherd breed
The Australian Shepherd is a working dog breed developed on Western United States ranches, not from Australia. Their name refers to its association with Australian sheepherders who came to the U.S. They became popular due to their exposure in rodeos and horse shows. They excel at dog sports such as frisbee. and are successful search, rescue & service dogs. Males usually weigh 55-70 pounds, females 35-55 pounds.
The average life span is about 12 years.