I have never owned a shepard before, only siberian huskies, and labs. I am being told that the females are not as loving as the males, that the females are much more territorial, and can snap at children. Any comments? I'm picking one up tomorrow! thanks. Oh, and will I be able to walk without a lease anywhere? Will she stay by my side always as is in her nature???
I have heard also males are more lovely. i find no truth in that. also a dog staying by your side. first depends on the dog. some like to run some do not. as you know some breeds are runners more than others. aussies commonly have high pack drive. so that is plus. but an even an equally decideing factor is how you raise it. a dog rasied to an owner that is fun an exciting, will not want to leave you. what helps build this, lots and lots of olay with you. i normaly always play with my dogs individually and often but only in short amounts of time. i want them to thirst for the play. i try to keep play with other dogs, until after they have played with me. This will help build the bond and make sure they know mommy or daddy is the fun one not the other dogs. aussies are seemingly bond very intecsly with one person. this is not a 100% of the time but it is seen in shepards more often than not.
Our male Aussie is the kissiest dog I have ever met. He thinks the whole purpose of his tongue is for kissing and HIS whole purpose for being is to set the world record for Most Dog Kisses Given in One Minute. He is VERY affectionate. Our 2 females are a little more independent and can be a tad bit more stubborn, but are still very affectionate.
A Male Aussie will be a little larger than a female (wanted to make sure you knew this - it is in their breed standard that the male should be larger). But if I was looking for "just a pet" I would choose a male 9 times out of 10. They are so sweet (in general and in a well socialized dog) and don't tend to be as stubborn as females so train more easily (from my experience).