Despite its name, the Australian Shepherd was bred in the 20th-century United States for herding sheep. The Australian Sheepdog is an obedient shepherd, companion, or service dog. It is good with children & other dogs, suited to urban living, able to tolerate cold, and easy to train. The thick ruff requires regular maintenance.
I can attest to this - Australian Shepherd An energetic breed with strong herding and guarding instincts, the Aussie requires daily vigorous exercise. Although sometimes reserved with strangers, they are "people" dogs that want to always be near their families.