Australian Shepherd isn’t Australian — what next?

At least the Scottish Terrier is undeniably, incontrovertibly Scottish unlike the made-in-the-USA Australian Shepherd, who won the 2007 National Dog Show.

The Scottish Terrier and Dog News believes there should be rules against naming dogs after countries with which they have no ties.

We are therefore starting a campaign to rename the Australian Shepherd the Cowboy’s Companion, a name that more accurately reflects the breed history:

While there are many theories as to the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed as we know it today developed exclusively in the United States. The Australian Shepherd was given its name because of their association with the Basque sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia in the 1800’s. The Aussie rose rapidly in popularity with the boom of western riding after World War II, becoming known to the general public via rodeos, horse shows, movies and television. Their inherent versatility and trainability made them useful on American farms and ranches.

2 thoughts on “Australian Shepherd isn’t Australian — what next?

  1. Hello,
    The facts listed here are true but there are many things and places named on something not related to them.
    But if you could change the name of that dog breed it will the NEWS of the Year.


  2. You have a point. Today we are featuring a Tibetan terrier. The breed actually is Tibetan, but it’s not a terrier. Go figure.

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