Some dogs have utility, while others just look pretty. Few dog breeds bridge that gap and are truly useful AND beautiful dogs. Australian Shepherds may just be the perfect combination of the two. If you aren’t so sure, these pictures are sure to convince you.
Check out these 60 photos that show why Australian Shepherds are the best!
1. Rain Dance
A “rain dance” was traditionally done by ancient tribes to help bring rain in arid environments. For Zion, the Australian shepherd, it’s just what he does when it’s about to rain! Look at his umbrella!
2. Totally in love
When this dog’s mom came home from vacation, he wouldn’t let her go. Dogs know that when the luggage comes out, you might be leaving. My dog used to have panic attacks when we brought out suitcases!
3. Izzie with Teddy
This pup is named Izzie, and she is a cutie. This is her with her favorite toy ever, a teddy bear. Those eyes can wrap you around her finger!
4. Ripley and his flock
When a shepherding dog doesn’t have a flock to look after, they invent their own! Ripley here found his own flock when cows weren’t available. Rabbits will do just fine.
5. Before and after
This pup is deaf! He probably has the piebald gene since he is white. This is him before and after his owner signs “good boy” to him! That is what a happy dog looks like.
6. Morning puppy
We, humans, tend to break down into two groups: morning and night people. Morning people are usually industrious individuals that have a strange ability to immediately get out of bed in the morning. This pup isn’t a morning person.
7. Groomed to perfection
A good dog groomer can take a fluffy boi and make him an elegant boi. We see the results of such a transformation here! His smile is contagious.
8. Cat got your tongue?
Australian shepherds are great with other animals. This one is named Toby, and he’s hanging out with his friend, a cat! This is an example of a cat actually getting his tongue.
9. Power dynamics
When you are literally the big dog in town, life is good. That smile says all you need to know! Well, that is until the little dogs grow up and are bigger than you.
10. A stick!
The little things in life can make a dog happy. This puppy found the BEST stick. Anything special about it? Nope, it’s just awesome.
11. Difference species, same mom?
Ever heard the saying brother from another mother? This might be a bit of a twist on that. What family word rhymes with species? Beats me.
12. Growing up
As a kid, growing up with a dog is one of the best things in the world. It’s almost like an extra layer of childhood misadventure gets added and it’s amazing.
13. Flower shop
This is the recorded trip that ended in this photo:
“My Girlfriend Made Me Go With Her To The Flower Shop. Wasn’t Thrilled Until This Dude Showed Up And Sat In Front Of Me.”
14. What’s a “birthday?”
This dog is terrified of growing older. It’s seen what the future holds and isn’t down for it in the slightest. This dog probably predicted 2020.
15. Stuffed animal
This dog named Kodak doesn’t look real. I mean if he was in a build a bear shop nobody would bat an eye. He looks fake!
16. Cooler than cool
Sometimes our dogs are just cooler than we are. This is a great example of that. You just can’t compete with cool. Real recognize real.
For amateur photographers (anyone with an iPhone), there is a moment when you realize you captured “the moment”. When you do, it’s realized that you will top that photo you just took.
18. Majestic and proud
After thousands of years of careful breeding, selective mating, and working towards the best gene pools, we created dogs. This is the final produt. Simply stunning.
19. When a pup sits still
Taking pictures of a puppy is hard. Usually, they need to be asleep if you don’t want blurry photos. They are usually too high-strung and crazy. This one’s named Indy.
20. My kind of surprise
This pup is waiting at home to be a surprise for the other human in the house. That is a pretty awesome surprise. I’m not crying, are you?
21. Foster mom
Dogs make amazing foster moms. They are devoted, protecting, and gentle. When a tornado revealed these stray kittens, Abby the Australian Shepherd stepped up to the challenge.
22. A real profile shot
If you had never seen an Australian shepherd before and saw this, you would think you saw a ghost wolf. That’s about as beautiful as it gets, right there! Amazing posture, too!
23. She knew
When this human was trying to take a secret photo of the dog in front of him, he got flashed! With a smile, of course. She timed it perfectly and probably knew what they were doing the whole time.
24. A first dog
Getting your first dog is a huge and amazing step. It feels like a leap of faith, but it’s usually worth the effort. Dogs are amazing. This is the first dog for this person, and he named him Bolt!
These siblings are playing one of the oldest games in the book… peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo seems like a very human game but apparently puppies like to play it too!
26. Growing up fast
Our puppies always grow up WAY too fast. One month they are tiny and the next they are nearly as big as we are! Pictures are the best way to keep the memories.
27. Little Mo
We don’t know much about Mo, all we know is that he’s little. And cute. And, I would die for him.
28. Flower Chomper
This was going to be a cool and cute video… until he ate the flower. I appreciate it a lot more, actually! I think it adds character.
29. Natural Camo
You wouldn’t think much about an Australian Shepherds fur as camo, but this photo shows it may actually have a use beside beauty! HE blends into the rocks like a true hunter.
30. Peanut butter fiend
This was the photo right after this pup tried peanut butter for the first time. It’s safe to say it rocked his world. That is the face of an addict.
31. It’s Bolt again!
This is a majestic photo of Bolt, who we saw earlier. He looks like he could conquer the world. I’m sure he would be happy to just snuggle, though.
32. Heavenly place
Getting into a good sleeping position is incredible. It’s like your body hits Nirvana, and you just sink into that cool, comfy place. If you have a dog with you, it’s even better.
33. Elegant and beautiful
Right before the ball was thrown, this photo was snapped. What a pretty and beautiful girl! My favorire parts are her eyes.
34. A mini-aussie!
I didn’t know I needed mini-aussies until I saw this photo. Now, it’s all I need. Who knew mini-aussies were even a thing?!
35. Nap in a box
Puppies seem to have a knack for finding the strangest spots to sleep. Like babies, never get toys for a puppy, they will probably be more interested in the wrapping that it came in anyways!
36. A dog of many emotions
This doggo needs to join the actos guild or something. He has a facial expression for any occasion! Which on is your favorite?
37. Losing your Marbles
These two pups have the Merle gene, making them look all spattered with color! I think they quite look like marbles. Regardless of how you label them, they are INSANELY cute.
38. Roo the Aussie
Kangaroos are natives of Australie! Funny enough, Aussie Shepherds aren’t from Australia, but the American West! Shepherders used them for their flocks.
39. Do a split!
Dogs are incredible athletes, especially Australian Shepherds. They can run all day and still have energy left over for playing at the house. This one seems to have picked up gymnastics as a hobby.
40. The power of three
This dog just had the best day. It included three things: a ball, stick, and a belly rub! What dog wouldn’t be happy with that magical combination?