How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.
How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily a sign of how aggressive the breed is.
Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.
Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.
Breed Stats At A Glance: 1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst
Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!
A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner than others.
Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.
Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.
A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.
Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot so think of your neighbours!
Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.
Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.
Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.
How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and bathing etc.
All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.
How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most intolerance. Intact males generally are more problematic with other intact males
Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.
Australian Shepherd Personality, Training And Breed Information
The Aussie was developed by US ranchers and farmers during the early 1920's as an all purpose herding and ranch dog. These days Aussies are far more likely to be found performing search and rescue tasks than they are ranching and are one of America’s most popular breeds.
Australian Shepherds also make great therapy, detection and guide dogs - in fact anything which gives the Aussie purpose or a job to perform he will love. Not a breed for couch potatoes.
Australian Shepherd Personality
The Aussie is a vey intelligent dog with a strong work drive, highly trainable and very loyal to their family. Though not aggressive this breed is naturally wary of strangers and so makes a great watch dog.
The Australian Shepherd’s personality makes them a bold and confidant dog breed, independent yet biddable Aussies are playful and fun loving making good companions for children, though care and training should be taken to curb their herding instincts.
The Aussie’s instinct for working and activity cannot be underestimated, they are not intended to be a house pet and require a job to perform.
Should they become bored they will exhibit a variety of dog behavioral problems such as destroying things (by chewing), or endlessly barking.
Grooming: This is an average to heavy seasonal shedder. One should plan on vacuuming often, as even after a thorough brushing more loose hair will fall off.
Protection: A devoted family dog they form powerful bonds with their people and make great watchdogs though protective, their temperament is too friendly to be a proper guard dog.
Training: Australian Shepherd training, favouringa firm consistent approach based on positive reinforcement works best with the Aussie, their high intelligence and willingness to please make them very biddable and quick to pick up on what you want of them. They are naturally clean so house train easily.
Children Excellent with children , especially if raised with them or socialized early, they will try to herd smaller ones especially so early training is a must to prevent ankle nipping.
Exercise Lots of regular exercise is required by the Aussie, this is a dog for active outdoor owners, their great intelligence means they excel in activities like fly ball ,frisbee or agility. Having an independent minded personality, they can cope for periods on their own provided they have plenty of space outside in the back yard to roam.
Curiously the Australian Shepherd or “Aussie” is virtually unknown in Australia and is popularly believed to have originated in the Basque region of north western Spain. Basque shepherds who emigrated to Australia with their dogs, subsequently took these dogs to America during the 1800’s where the Australian association stuck. These Basque herding dogs were mixed into the rich broth of herding dog DNA that was brewing throughout America at that time, and was a direct consequence of the the great European migrations during the 19th Century, when migrants inevitably brought their favourite dog breeds with them.
Ideal Australian Shepherd Owners are experienced and strong willed, with plenty of outside space, who are considerate and have the time and energy to give this active dog a job or an outlet for its strong drives, either through play or training. As always if you like this breed, please do the research and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle, For more information, why not visit this breeds national club
Not Forinexperienced owners, small back yards, sofa dwelling pretzel munching sedentary types, apartment living.
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“...able to think out problems, these dogs are attentive, enthusiastic and easily trained.
They aren’t likely to be content fetching the paper unless the owner receives two a day, plus mail and the trek is a mile from the house”