Are you ready for an Aussie?
Australian Shepherds

... are first and foremost herding dogs. The traits and skills that make
them excellent herding dogs are often interpreted as bad habits that can
cause people to give them up. As working dogs, they need a job to do. That
could be helping with yard chores, bringing in the newspaper, pulling your
groceries into the house in a cart, making therapy visits to local hospitals
and retirement homes, etc.


... are NOT everyone's friend, unlike most Labs and Goldens. Some
Aussies are extremely outgoing and friendly, but generally speaking,
Aussies are reserved with strangers.

... are NOT a non-shedding breed! Aussies shed year round and typically
blow their coats twice a year, so vacuuming twice a week is common.

... are NOT maintenance free. Regular brushing is necessary to keep their
coats free of mats. The hair between the feet and nails are also trimmed
on a regular basis.

... require firm, consistent discipline. Aussies definitely need training. In
the inexperienced home, they may decide to take control. Aussies need a
confident, assertive owner who is not afraid to be in charge.

... require daily exercise. This breed has energy and needs adequate daily
exercise.

... may bark. Their strong guarding instinct can cause some to feel it is
their job to warn their people of any dangers, real or imagined. Some may
bark with enthusiasm or when they're bored.

... are highly intelligent. This intelligence requires adequate mental
stimulation or Aussies may resort to inappropriate activities such as
chewing, digging up your yard, or worse.

... need early socialization with people, dogs, and different environments.
The breed standard calls for Aussies to be reserved with strangers.
Their guarding instinct can make them overly protective of their family.
A puppy without adequate socialization may develop behavior issues such
as fear of strangers or even fear aggression.

... love to be with their family. Aussies will follow you from room to room,
even to the bathroom. They are not a breed that enjoys being left alone
in the back yard. Aussies are affectionately referred to as “Velcro” dogs
due to their strong need to be with their humans.



From Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline, Inc. (ARPH)