what is the difference in standards and appearance between a border collie and an australian shepherd?

what is the difference in standards and appearance between a bordercollie and an australian shepherd? i adopted mei-lin, a couple months ago from a phoenix, az shelter. she is a katrina dogs brought into phoenix after the flood. she came from louisiana, lafayette animal control. one set of papers signed by a vet say she is pure border collie, another says she is pure australian shepherd. the latest vet says she is possibly border collie/aussie cross. mei-lin is very friendly and happy to any human she meets. to dogs she growls and barks hard at them for a while, (maybe 30 min.,) then they become best play buddies. she is very active and can fetch or retrieve anything for hours, never seeming to tire. she has a f****h for anything made of hard plastic containing batteries of any sort. she already destroyed 2 cell phones, a tv remote,flashlight & cordless phone. she does not eat or chew the batteries. she separates it neatly, into 3 main parts, (front, back & batteries)

Asked By: sarahrg1 - 4/8/2007
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They are fairly similar breed types, both herding dogs. Aussies aren't quite as intense as border collies, who absolutely MUST have a job to do, (like cellphone repair... More
Answered By: K - 4/8/2007
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You can go to to see the breed standards of each. They have pictures and all the information about them there.
Answered By: kjm - 4/8/2007
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