We have a 4 month old australian shepherd puppy and every time I take him to the park or even in my neighborhood for a walk I have someone tell me a bad story about the breed. So far our puppy has proven to be intelligent, friendly with people and pets, and a pretty well behaved new member of our family. I have yet to run into any other aussie owners including the puppy class we attended. Could someone please give me a positive first-hand account of living with an aussie as a family pet. Thanks!
WHAT! I cannot believe anyone would say that! (they must be jealous on how beautiful your dog is, he he, j/k) I have always owned Aussies, and I think, speaking from experience, they are one of the most intellegent, happy to please and loving pets and bestfriend anyone could ask for. I think maybe these people are telling you this because they may have had a bad experienc with one, because yes, they REALLY need a job to do! That is what they are bred for, whether it is herding, or agility, they need to keep busy! I fortunatley own a farm, so mine start from the day that I bring them home, what their job is, but most people do not have that luxury. My advice is to just keep what you are doing with taking him for walks, going to the dog park, and puppy classes for now because they really need socialization with other dogs and people at this young age. Then when he turns 6 months, you can start taking him to agility classes. They really love those classes and it gives them some sort of job and keeps them busy. Depending on where you live, you can also look into herding classes. Good luck you your sweet baby! Oh, I also have pics of my new baby on here if you want to check her out, just look under a thread that says pictures of my babies under dog talk.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
Can't give you an experience with Aussies as pets but I can tell ya that people do me that way about my Bostons too. And you know what? I think they're jealous... because mine are so pretty...but to me, all dogs are pretty!
Just try to read and educate yourself on the breed and potential health problems that they may be at riks for. Read accredited books, magazines, even use the internet for research. Feed a premium food and regular check ups with the vet and you should be fine.
Best of luck!
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
I've never heard anything bad about the breed. With Rotties (I own one) and pits (love em!), I'd expect it. I do know Aussies are supposed to be working breed, so my guess is any behavior problems are probably out of boredom. I believe quite a few people here own and/or breed Aussies, so you should get a lot of great stories. You should check out some Aussie forums. (The Rottie forum I belong to is awesome!)
My friend has an Aussie who is now about 10 years old. She is a bit of an Alpha female, leader of the pack of her 3 dogs.
Sydney keeps everyone in line and can be quite hysterically finny (without intending to be) when the crew gets together and gets a bit rambunctious. Between our 2 sets of furkids you have 4 Pyrs, a Staffie and an Aussie. Sydney, the Aussie makes sure she let the play go only as far as SHE determines it should, then inserts herself into the center of the melee.
She is great with my grandkids and is smart as a whip. I've had my friend's dogs here (yes, all of them) for weeks at a time and have never had an issue with any of them. She is a bit jealous of her mom, but was an "only child" for over 5 years.
I was once told by a vet that Pyrs are vicious, nasty, aggressive dogs. She would have scared the spit out of me if I hadn't had Pyrs for about 4 years at that point. Perhaps she had a bad experience with a Pyr somewhere along the line or met up with a Pyr who was raised by someone who follows the LGDs theory that LGDs socialize only with the stock they protect. Who knows?
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown
Prymom, I think I've told you this before, but I can't imagine your giants teddy bears having a viscious bone in their bodies! I've even seen them in action (guarding goats) and they are impressive but still look cuddly.
I've seen Pyrs in general not Pyrmom's dogs, LOL!
***Edited By: rottluvr on 7/19/2009 6:02:33 PM*** Reason: correction!
As a breeder of the Mini Aussies, I can not believe so many people have bad stories. I raised the full size aussies for years, and now changed to the smaller ones. They are the smartest, most wonderful dog I have ever owned. The want nothing more then to be with their people following you to the bathroom and swearing you don't come out the same door you went in. Heck if I coul load, I have a pic of one of my minis that would make you laugh til you peed your pants. A well trained dog is just that, in any breed.
i have aussie border collie mix, and she'swonderful! she may not be pure bred, but she has more aussie in her than just looks. ive only had her for about 2 months, and she's already part of the "pack" she's sweet, energetic, and LOVES to play and run with kids. She's moderately clingy, but in a good way. she likes to sleep with me and lay down with me on the couch. she's very protective, and barks when someone's coming in the house or up from the basement, so we always know that someone's coming into the house. If your aussie does this, make sure you never say "It's okay." because the dog will think ur meaning that it's ok to bark. ive only met a few other aussie's but all of them were so cute and sweet that i wish i could have them all!