When you think of “classic American dogs”, Australian Shepherds may not be the first dog breed that to comes to mind.

Interestingly enough however, Australian Shepherds aren’t Australian at all!

In fact, Aussies are a born and bred American dog breed, and they are currently the 17th most popular dog breed in the U.S. according to the American Kennel Club. Aussies (as they are commonly called) were developed on ranches out West and are known for their intelligence and exuberant and work-oriented natures. As AKC describes, the Aussie is “attentive and animated, lithe and agile,” and is a “working dog of strong herding and guarding instincts.” Due to their intelligence and herding instincts, they are particularly adept with agility and obedience.

Known for their beautiful merle color combinations, they are also often seen “smiling.” What also sets them apart is their reputation for having heterochromatic eyes – with their eyes often being different colors (such as dazzling blue and light brown), or even bicolored or “split eyes” in one eye, leading them to be called “ghost dogs.”

One thing about Aussies is certain – they are truly unique and majestic dogs. You could search the world and be hard-pressed to find two Aussies that look exactly alike. So we’ve rounded up 18 Australian (but actually American!) Shepherds that you should follow on Instagram right now, so you don’t miss out on your daily dose of majestic Aussie beauty.

1. @chippewa_the_aussie

2. @mavtheaussie

Happy Saturday!!

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3. @life.as.cohen

4. @aussieejack

Kiss for my brother ?

A photo posted by ?Jack & Charlie? (@aussieejack) on

5. @oli_the_aussie_

6. @arya_the_aussie

My joy is the golden sunset giving thanks for another day?

A photo posted by Arya Mini Aussie? (@arya_the_aussie) on

7. @miniaussie_bryn

8. @justicetheaussie

9. @allie.gator.aussies

10. @aussiealaska

11. @miniaussie_joy

12. @aussie.atlas

13. @herotheaussie

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A photo posted by Hero the Mini Aussie? (@herotheaussie) on

14. @happy_aussie

15. @maple_miniaussie

dog in a log ?

A photo posted by Maple the Mini Aussie (@maple_miniaussie) on

16. @cowboy_faith_aussies

Cutest little goobers?

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17. @lycka_the_miniaussie

18. @miniaussie.lucy

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