Australian-shepherd definition

A dog of a medium-sized breed developed in the western United States to herd livestock, having a variously colored coat and a short tail.
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A type of herding dog originating in areas around and in California.
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Noun

Singular:
australian-shepherd
Plural:
australian-shepherds

Origin of australian-shepherd

  • Perhaps from a mistaken belief that the breed originated in Australia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Selectively bred shepherding dogs mainly of European stock, misnamed from some interbreeding of Australian dogs imported to California during the Gold Rush.

    From Wiktionary