*The comparative photographs and illustrations on this website were chosen to present a visual of working style. Because the photographs are taken at 1/125th of a second, they are not intended to depict the overall natural style of the particular dog shown.
The Aussie has historically been described as a moderate to loose eyed, upright, close working breed that uses wear. These traits are unique to loose eyed breeds like the Aussie. Please see the What Is Aussie Style? page for much more historical documentation, and in-depth descriptions.
Take a look at the two drawings below, and see if you can identify which is an Australian Shepherd and which is a Border Collie.
How about the two photos below? Which of the dogs is an Australian Shepherd?
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Photos show Aussie style, wearing back and forth to keep the group together, and also illustrates how the Aussie works close with the stock remaining calm. If the dog worked farther off the stock they would stop and graze and nothing would move.
Aussie doing close work penning sheep--Windsongs Falcon DOB 1/27/87
More close work as two Aussies work calves through the chute. Slash V Semi Sweet DOB 9/3/77 and Slash V Crimson Tide DOB 3/20/79
Windsong's Shenanigan DOB 9/4/75, photo by C.A. Sharp
A newer generation dog, born 20 years after Shenanigan, working cow/calf pairs.