Breed Info


Smart & Athletic

  • Loyal
  • Leaders
  • Active and agile
  • Great working dogs
  • Job-oriented
  • Eager to please
  • Can be standoffish w/ other dogs and strangers
  • Early socialization is recommended


Sturdy & Alert


  • Long body
  • Almond shaped eyes
  • Triangular ears set high on head

Coat Type and Color:

  • Weather-resistant double coat
  • Expect shedding
  • Outer coat with are straight or w/ a slight curl
  • Blue merle
  • Black
  • Red
  • Red merle


High Activity

  • Athletic and like a challenge
  • Require exercise and mental stimulation
  • Enjoy and excel in dog sports
  • Teach them new tricks and go for long walks

We Recommend:

  • 90 minutes of daily activity
  • 14 miles of walking per week
  • Originated in the during the Gold Rush in the 1840's
  • Bred for herding sheep
  • Used as a trick dog in rodeos and films in the 1950's
  • Not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1993


  • Average shedding
  • Brush and comb a couple times per week
  • Check for burs and debris
  • Only bathe as needed
  • Undercoat will shed in the spring or summer
  • Trim nails every 2-3 weeks
  • Check and clean ears to prevent infection


  • Intelligent and eager to learn
  • Will enjoy training, learning new tricks, and using their skills
  • Early socialization and training is important to encourage positive behavior