You've decided. The Australian Shepherd is what you need in your life. They're a loving, loyal, active breed that love nothing more than being with their people and you think they're the most beautiful breed in the world.
All those things are true (especially that they're the most beautiful breed in the world and I'm not at all biased ;) ). There are a few things that I would recommend thinking about before getting your heart set on an Australian Shepherd.
If all of this sounds like a dog you can enjoy living with, definitely do your research into breeders before choosing your puppy. There are a lot of blogs out there that give great guidelines for finding a reputable, ANKC Registered breeder and which questions to ask. Don't just fall for a cute picture of a puppy - ask lots of questions & don't be in a rush for a dog. It's best to wait for the perfect match for you than get the first dog available because this is a dog that you're going to have for the next 10-15 years!
Diana is an Exhibitor & Registered Breeder of Australian Shepherds in the Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia. She is married to a farmer and owned by 3 loving Aussies.