The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent working dog of strong herding and guarding instincts. He is a loyal companion and has the stamina to work all day. He is well balanced, slightly longer than tall, of medium size and bone, and with coloring that offers variety and individuality. He is attentive and animated, lithe and agile, solid, muscular and strong, without cloddiness. He has a coat of moderate length and coarseness and a full or natural bobbed tail. Tail docking is banned in Iceland. Aussies are eager to please and are very trainable. They are excellent working dogs, but they are also ideally suited for an active family life in the city with regular off-lead walks and activities. Aussies can be quite robust and playful and usually love the company of other dogs! Aussies are very affectionate towards their owners and are lifelong, loyal friends.