Australian Shepherd??

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  1. suzanne118

    suzanne118 Dog Crazy

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    What is this breed of dog like to own?
    do they like swimming?
    what colours do they come in?
    anyone have any info:)
     
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    They can be the most wonderful to go own or the most infuriating. I got the lucky side of Aussies and have a truely wonderful one. They are too smart for their own good sometimes, but at the same time that smartness makes them incredibly easy to train.

    They can like swimming, mine does, but I know others that won't step foot in the water.

    They come in red tri, red merle, red bi, black tri/bi, blue merle.
     
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    One of my trainers had 7 of them, and they were all wonderful. All of them were shown in conformation, did agility, and therapy work. One of my classmates in her class had one who was completely out of control. Aggressive, separation anxiety, yappy, and no discipline, because the owner (an older lady who was clearly out of her league with this kind of dog) let the dog run the house. I don't think she made any progress in an 8 week class, because she never followed up with anything at home.
     
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    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    The dairy farmer up the road from us had 2...They were gorgeous, and I would love to sit in the backyard and watch them work bringing in the cows :)
     
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    DanL brought up a good point. They do need a strong-willed owner who is willing to make the rules stick and continue training and finding new things for their dog to do and learn. A bored Aussie is a destructive force of nature, and an aggressive Aussie just makes me cry. This is a breed that needs to have a job to be happy. Sawyer's job is to keep the other dogs in daycare in line. ;)

    They also make good watchdogs.
     
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    Gig 'Em Ags JP Cattle Co.

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    I've got three Aus. Shepherds that work cattle & goats with amazing agility and intelligence. Mine LOVE the water!!! As Zoom stated above, one has to be a strong-willed owner to maintain control of their high energy.
     
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    are they good with other dogs/cats?
     
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    Gig 'Em Ags JP Cattle Co.

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    My Aus. Shepherds are best of buddies with all my other dogs, horses, and burro!!! They do enjoy chasing cats.
     
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    iam thinking of getting a blue merle..
    what r they like?
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    Well, Sawyer is a blue merle, he just doesn't have any copper points to him. The colors don't make a difference in the dog's personality, unless you get a "pattern white" dog, then they are most likely goign to be deaf and/or nearly blind.

    Most Aussies are great with other dogs, and can be good with cats as long as the cat doesn't turn tail and run away. They are herding dogs, and love to chase moving objects.

    For a first time Aussie owner, I would probably recommend going through rescue to get one that's a little older. These dogs can be atrocious puppies, and chew like there is no tomorrow. Wonderful once they start to mellow out around 2 years old, but before that...Sawyer is a rescue from ARPH www.aussierescue.org He's my first and I'm glad I have him to learn on! My next Aussie might be a puppy, but I need some practice first!
     
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    i think mostly you have to decide if you are high energy owner to keep up with a high energy dog. If your not a high energy owner you will get a bored smart active dog = a destructive unhappy one. THe right match makes for magic the wrong, disaster.

    HEre is Zoom's aussie and aubrey in the water http://www.chazhound.com/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=8085&cat=500&ppuser=2623 ( i will take the liberty hope ya don't mind zoomer)
     
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    I've got a red merle Aussie female (Khaki). She's my first Aussie and what everyone is saying is true. They have tons of energy and are very smart. Khaki is now about 6 months old and I guess I've been lucky in that she hasn't been destructive, at least with my things (minus one flip flop). Her toys on the other hand get destroyed within a few days, haha..

    She was/is easy to train. House trained in about 3 days, learned sit and lay down in one night, speak within a few minutes, etc...She loves water but hates a bath.

    I think Khaki is gonna be one of the hard headed ones. She just so persistant. If she wants to do something that I don't want her to do, she's gonna keep on trying.

    Aussie's are comedians also, Khaki always has me laughing...

    But also like someone else said, they are extremely smart and can actually outsmart their owners (I'll admit, Khaki has done it to me a few times before I caught on). I've had many other dogs in my life, and I can honestly say that she has been the biggest challenge in raising.
     
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    I have two aussies, that are different as nite and day. My female is high energy, demanding, and requires ALOT of mental/physical stimulation or she is a beast to live with. She hasn't got a serious bone in her body, is quite a comedian, loves to show off, and has quite an independent streak when it suits her. She is out of a mix of show lines/working lines with alot of Hall of Famers in her background.

    My male out of working lines, has no problem lounging around all day, but bring him out to work and he will run/work "forever". He is a serious dog, and takes his play/work very seriously. More velcroey, less independent, can be "male" aggressive, bossy, alpha type personality. Also has displaced aggression.

    Those describe mine, when I first got into aussies, I saw to many that were dog aggressive, people aggressive, just not good temperaments. Thankfully, I can live with and take mine anywhere with no problems.

    They need loads of socialization, they do need a leader, they defiantely can have an independent streak. In other words, if they don't wanna do it, they are NOT going to do it. Positive training works great with them, in fact I find clicker works great, they are good "trick" dogs, smart as whips. negative /punishment type training will shut them down and make them even more determined to "not" do whatever you are asking. To much repetition in training can bore them.

    The merle is a real cutie by the way..Be prepared to spend ALOT of time with an aussie, especially the higher energy ones.
    Diane
     
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    I love love love this breed! Gypsy is my first Aussie and she's just the best dog ever. So smart!! Easy to train, but like everyone said, has lots of energy. I have a cat that she gets along with fine. Like to herd her around the house (the cat hates it). Gypsy is extremely cuddly too.

    The pic you have is gorgeous!
     
  15. cowgurl6254

    cowgurl6254 Herding dogs rock!!!

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    I've trained several Aussies and they are a joy to have around. They are very energetic though and need to have a job to do. They are your typical herding dog...smart, willing, affectionate, eager to please. You just need to be the leader or they will take advantage of you. I've also found them to be rather nippy...probably because this is how they herd things. Overall a great breed though if in the right hands....:)
     

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