Not really from the "land down under", the Australian Shepherd (Aussie) is a versatile, very active, intelligent breed of dog, able to adapt to a variety of tasks. Aussies generally have an even disposition making them ideal companions for an active household that is up for the challenge of an active and smart dog. Australian Shepherds are active working dogs and are often seen working on sheep farms and cattle ranches. They are often used as Search and Rescue dogs, and more recently are very popular in dog sports such as Agility, Obedience, Rally and Flyball. The Aussie is a medium sized dog, with a medium length wavy, weather resistant coat which requires moderate grooming. This coat comes in a variety of colours, including the unique blue merle and red merle.