Many people find that once they own a particular dog, that is the time when they start learning of all the different facts or weird things about their dogs. In fact, many of the facts are very interesting!
When it comes down to people being able to distinguish an Australian Shepherd from any other breed of dogs, there are two things that makes them stand out to other dogs. One attribute that the Australian Shepherd is known for having is a bobbed tail. A bobbed tail is when a dog actually does not have a tail, or it is actually cut off. Many times dogs will get their tails removed at birth, to make them have a bobbed tail; however, the Australian Shepherd is one breed of dog that has a naturally bobbed tail. The other attribute that is known for the Australian Shepherd is the diverse and unique coloring. The colors of the Australian Shepherd are usually red, black, blue or red merle, along with either a white or copper trimming.
One of the most prominent features of the Australian Shepherd is that once the dog begins to age or get older, their coloring becomes darker. By then, their colors begin to become more "pure" of a color. Another interesting thing that many people don't know about the Australian Shepherd is that when they are a registered dog in competition, they are not allowed to have any white coloring or splashes on the body, between the shoulders and the tail. That coloring trait is true for most Australian Shepherd dogs.
Another interesting fact that many people do not know about the Australian Shepherd dog is that the pigmentation of the nose is usually the same coloring of the dog. By that, if you have a blue merle or a black Australian Shepherd, they will have the black coloring of the nose, lips, and eye rims; as for the red and red merle Shepherd's they will have a red pigment nose, lips, and eye rims. Another interesting fact is that they are more known as the "ghost-eye" dog. Besides the Australian Shepherd's having green, hazel, amber, brown, or blue eyes, they may also have white eyes, bi-colored or split eyes, or two different colored eyes.
Also, back in the early 1800's the Australian Shepherd was given the title of the Australian Shepherd not because they were from Australia or New Zealand, but they are not from there, but because of their association with the sheepherders that came to the United States from Australia. The Australian Shepherd is actually an American created dog. In fact, the Australian Shepherd is considered to be a working dog; they are great when it comes to herding farm animals. Also, besides being known as the Australian Shepherd they are also known to be an Aussie.
If you are looking for a different looking, but great behaved dog, then the Australian Shepherd is a great choice for you. Also, you may find them to be in a toy size.