The breed arrived in the United States from the late 1800’s accompanying the Basque sheepherders and flocks. Little was known
of the breed, but it was because of the arrival from Australia that the breed name became known. It was noted as a dependable
dog for herding, with exceptional intelligence and made a loyal companion.
Aussies became popular throughout the last century at demonstration shows
where they would perform herding and agility tricks. Clubs of dog fanciers formed
and in the 1970s The Australian Shepherd Club of America created the breed
standard. However it was not until 1991 that the breed was officially recognised by
the American Kennel Club and nearly another 10 years before being accepted by
The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom.
Four colours are formally recognised; blue merle, red merle, black tri-coloured and
red tri-coloured - with or without white markings. The breed is a medium size,
balanced, solid and muscular. Aussies have good guarding and herding instincts.
They are also agile with good stamina.
In modern times the dogs are used in Conformation Shows, Agility, Obedience and
Working Trials. Aussies are classed as part of the Pastoral group and are still used
for working cattle and sheep. They have also been known to work for the blind and
The Australian Shepherd is a versatile breed and at it’s happiest when active and
doing something with people.
The Amberslade kennel pre-fix was started 2001 with Fulmay Right Attitude, pet
name Skye. She had her first litter 2006 producing working trials and obedience