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.
A type of herding dog originating in areas around and in California
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Origin of australian-shepherd
Perhaps from a mistaken belief that the breed originated in Australia
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.