"Aikau", is a pure bred Australian Sheppard that came to us as a rescue. A few facts that are relatively unknown about the breed. They are not from Australia. They are a very young American (and quite possibly Western Canada) breed that came about with the introduction of sheep in Montana and Wyoming in the late 19th century. They have been known by many different names and weren't even an "official" breed till the 1960's. Nobody is really certain why they came to be known as Australian Sheppards (Aussies). In the early days of sheep herding they had to protect their herds and ward off the predators of the day, often wolves. This may be folklore but I have heard it was the reason for originally bobbing their tails, so wolves had less to grab hold of. I have heard they sometimes wore leather around their necks for similar reasons. They are a working breed through and through, but also a lot of work for their owners as well, and not just the brushing! They need a lot of attention throughout the day, and a job to do as well. Ours has adopted security as his job, and anything that moves on the property, and overhead has his attention. We have lots of eagles and ravens flying overhead and he will give them a bark just to let them know they are being watched. He has to have daily walks and hikes. Somewhere he can run free, swim, etc and burn off all his excess energy. Keeps us getting exercise too no matter how crappy the weather happens to be. When it is his time of the day we go.. It is written in his contract! He finds culverts irresistible to go through. Rarely passes one up without at least checking it out.. He has a LOT of hair, and can get completely filthy on a typical daily hike! We carry a pump up garden sprayer in the car and hose him down after.. With all his hair he never gets cold, but sometimes in the night we have to let him out just to cool down.. His toys are a big deal to him. Loves the squeakers the best! He has a box full of them and he is always finding more on his walks. He is my fishing buddy too! Loves to watch for the halibut to raise to the surface!