Despite the name, Australian Shepherds are actually from the American West and were originally bred for herding sheep. “Australian Shepherds are great for families or single people who live an active lifestyle and have room for them to run,” says Dr Sarah Wooten.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
This medium dog breed has a red coat and looks very similar to a Golden Retriever, but they are a little smaller and less popular. “‘Tollers are energetic, highly intelligent and very vocal,” says Ellis. “Known for their unique Toller call, they have a high-pitched bark that sounds like a scream, which they produce to express excitement and eagerness.” The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is perfect for someone with an active lifestyle and will be happy to participate in dog sports such as nose works, agility and swimming.
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Fully grown, the Bearded Collie weighs around 20-30kg. “Bred originally as a working dog, they are always up for an adventure and are a great fit for an active person or family in any climate,” says professional dog trainer Nicole Ellis. “Their hair does require brushing, but they won’t shed like your average breed.” Because Collies are a herding breed, Ellis doesn’t recommend a family with young children get a Bearded Collie.