The Border-Aussie is a mixed breed, so they don’t have history as their own breed. With that being said, both of their parent breeds have their own rich histories.
Despite the Australian Shepherd’s misleading name, the breed originated fairly recently in the western United States. It’s likely that the Aussie’s ancestors include collie and shepherd-type dogs that were imported from Australia during the 1840s, leading to their « Australian » name. Although the breed is prized both for their ability as working sheepherding dogs and talented agility participants, the breed wasn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1993.
The Border Collie’s ancestors have been around since humans in Britain first used dogs to help guard and herd sheep. In the border country between Scotland and England, the herding dog became one of the most valuable assets a shepherd could have. After extended selective breeding for the best herders, the Border Collie began to form into a defined breed. Today the Border Collie is recognized as the premier sheepherding dog. The breed’s herding ability leads many fans to advocate breeding Border Collies only to working, not conformation, standards. The Border Collie was recognized by the American Kennel Club on October 1, 1995.