The Australian Shepherd is an All-American breed. Its roots can be traced back to the ranches all over early American. Hard working Americans were looking for an all around hard working dog. Ranchers needed dogs who could think on their own, work all day and protect their stock as well as being a family companion. All of these wonderful traits are still found in the Aussie today. These traits may make it an unsuitable companion for some people, find out about their personality, history and the wonderful colors that make them so unique, before you decide on an Aussie for your family.