| Australian Shepherds are not Australian; they were developed in the United States for herding livestock on American ranches. Australian Shepherds are descended from Spanish dogs that were used for herding Merino sheep. Aussies can be trained to perform tricks. Aussies are often used by police for narcotics detection. Some Australian Shepherds are prized for their beautiful merle coloring, but the gene that causes this coloring also results in deafness or blindness.
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Australia is Iocated in Oceania and spans across approximateIy 2,967,000 square miIes. Threatened species known from Australia include the Pure Dingo, Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat, Blue Whale, Long-footed Potoroo, and Western-barred Bandicoot.