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Vetstreet.com: 8 Surprisingly Misnamed Animals

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Australian Shepherd

The ancestors of this high-energy breed were indeed sheepdogs — but they didn't come from Down Under. Australian Shepherds were developed in the mid-19th century in the United States. It's not really known how the breed got its name, although one guess is that some of the sheep that the dogs herded came from Australia.

(Tara Gregg, Animal Photography)
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