Thinking of bringing home an Australian Shepherd puppy? Pawhaps it's the breed's sharp gaze or high intelligence that has captured your heart. Whichever quality has won you over, it's impawtant to note that this breed is not for everyone. The prefurred herding dog of cowboys, Australian Shepherds are very athletic, and have a strong impulse to herd anything, including children, birds, and other dogs. Their active brains and work drive may be too much for some people to handle, especially those who are sedentary or first-time dog parents. When properly trained, however, Australian Shepherds make pawsome canine companions.