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Matildah: The Beautiful Australian Shepherd and Border Collie Mix

December 23, 2011

I do pet sitting for a lovely couple that have one dog and two cats. Matildah is a medium-sized dog and has a beautiful, medium to longhaired shiny, healthy coat with cute semi-erect ears. She has the most beautiful, big brown eyes that stare at you with great expectation. She has a very sweet and lovely personality and I am very fond of her and enjoy her very much.

Some of Matildaha’s habits and behaviors have inspired me to write an article about the Border Collie and the Australian Shepherd.

In my opinion, some of her habits and behaviors mimic those of these two breeds. For example, these two breeds are herding dogs and sometimes when I take her on a walk with a friend, she tries to go in between us or tries to lightly push us in a certain direction. It is very subtle, but noticeable. These two breeds also tend to be nervous if they don’t get enough exercise and can become destructive. Matildah tends to be a nervous dog and really can’t be alone very long. This can cause her to do destructive things, such as scratching and chewing the wooden bookcases or chairs. She is also extremely sensitive to sounds. Border Collies and Australian Shepherds have great stamina. When I take her walking on the beach, she runs very fast and can go for a very long distance. She is so fun to watch!

Facts and characteristics about these two breeds:

The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog. Their ears are erect or semi-erect. They have course hair and they come in different shades. Some of the colors are black and white. Others are tricolor.

Border Collies were called “Scotch Sheep Dogs,” and originally came from Norththumberland along the borders of Scotland and England. They are a descendant from the old British droving breeds and were used by the Vikings to herd reindeer.

They are a good working dog and have a lot of stamina and energy. They are also very smart. For a Border Collie to be truly happy, they need to have plenty of exercise, a job that keeps them busy, and someone who shows them good leadership. Farmers love them because they used to be a good worker on the farm. They know how to hypnotize an entire herd, crouching before them with an intense stare.

If these dogs do not get enough physical and mental exercise to the point where they are physically and mentally tired, they can become very destructive. They should not be left alone too long with nothing to do. When a Border Collie is bored and does not have enough to do, they do not make good pets and can become very neurotic. Due to their strong herding instincts, they may start herding strangers or children. They are also very good at competitive sports, such as Frisbee and sheepdog trials.

The Australian Shepherd, also known as the Aussie, is also a medium-sized dog and is very healthy and strong. Their ears are shaped like a triangle and slightly round at the tip and they have a bobtail. Their fur is medium length and straight to wavy. Their coat also comes in a variety of colors, such as blue merle, red merle, black, and tan markings.

The Australian Shepherd is not Australian, but probably originated in the Pyrenees Mountains, which is located somewhere between France and Spain. They were then used as herding dogs on ranches in the United States.

Australian Shepherds make good pets for children, are easy going, protective, and are loyal and gentle companions. Like the Border Collie, they also need plenty of exercise and need to be kept busy, or they become bored and destructive, nervous, and neurotic.


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