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Australian Shepherd Dogs.

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Baby Bordie, Jul 5, 2009.


  1. Baby Bordie

    Baby Bordie PetForums VIP

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    Hi, i was looking for a dog, and saw a picture of these, and just thought it was soooo cute! So how long would there hair grow and would they molt a lot of hair and stink? Also would it be o.k, in a factory from about 9 - 5 in the afternoon having about an hour outside? This would be 4 times a week?

    thanks James.
     
  2. Nonnie

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    They are extremely high energy dogs, and need a lot of training and exercise to keep them mentally and physically happy. They arent the sort to just be happy and laying around.

    Have you ever owned a dog before?
     
  3. sequeena

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    A dog needs a lot more than one hour outside, even if it's only for 4 days a week!

    Australian Shepherd Dogs have a lot of energy - they are like collies in that sense.

    Australian Shepherd Club United Kingdom
     
  4. sequeena

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    Ten reasons why this dog might not be for you:

    1). VROOOOOMMM

    The Aussie is an energetic dog, and needs plenty of exercise. While they aren’t quite as hyperactive as some breeds, they do need lots of exercise, physical and mental. If you are looking for a dog who is content with nothing more than a pleasant walk in the evening, go elsewhere. Better behaviour through exhaustion is the rule for living with an Aussie. If you don’t have time to give this breed at least an hour of exercise a day, every day then you will find that an Aussie with excess energy will find another outlet for his drive, and the results are seldom pleasant.

    2). SMART, SMART, SMART

    It cannot be stressed enough that this is a dog with brains to spare. Keeping all that intelligence focused and busy is a big challenge. These dogs MUST be given at least basic obedience training, and many Aussie owners are active in several dog activities (herding, agility, flyball, tracking and competitive obedience) just to keep their Aussies occupied. Even an Aussie who is “just a pet” MUST have basic obedience training and the chance to use their brains (teach them to bring the paper, have them carry the mail in, teach them tricks) or they have the potential to become downright obnoxious around the house.

    3). JUST DO WHAT I TELL YOU !

    Aussies are not always as easy to train as other breeds. They need to be challenged and engaged by their work, or they get bored and stop paying attention. They may also try things a dozen ways before they get around to doing what you’re looking for. Patience, inventiveness and flexibility are the rules.

    4). DID YOU SAY NO ???

    If you give an Aussie an inch, they will take a mile and come back for another. Aussies are generally too smart to engage in out and out dominance battles. Instead they sense power vacuums, and exploit them. If you are unable to be firm (kind, but firm) about the rules of your household, and to enforce them consistently, you will find that the ruler of your household has four legs.

    “If you are not in charge, they will be. L”

    5). NOT EVERYBODYS’ BEST FRIEND

    It is essential from the earliest point that Aussies are well socialized with both people and other animals. If you are looking for a dog who wants to be the world’s best friend, the Aussie may not be for you. Aussies are gentle and kindly and many can be quite outgoing, but if you are looking for a dog with that Lab “I just met you and you’re my best friend” attitude, the Aussie may be wrong for you. The Aussie will greet strangers happily, but generally reserve true enthusiasm for their family and special people. !! REMEMBER DOGS OF ANY BREED CAN BECOME AGGRESSIVE IF POORLY SOCIALISED!!

    6). DRIVE

    Aussies are a herding breed, and are bred to be working dogs. They can have a frantic drive to work which will lead to them working you, your family and other pets.

    7). SHEDDING COAT AND MESS

    Aussies do blow their coat seasonally however if asked about shedding the standard answer should be once a year for 365 days. The fur ends up everywhere, clothes, work surfaces, even your food! They are not the dog for the fastidious or the allergic.

    8) HEALTH

    On the whole the Australian Shepherd is a healthy dog but that is only through responsible breeders keeping it that way. All Sires and Dams should be clear of any eye defects and tested every year. They should also be hip scored before the breeding takes place and all the puppies should be eye tested at between 6 – 8 weeks of age. A responsible breeder will be able to give you copies of all the documentation and not be hesitant or excuse the lack of it. A responsible breeder will also realize that an Aussie under 2 years old is not physically and mentally mature enough to have a litter and wouldn’t attempt to do it.

    9) LIFESTYLE

    Consider your own lifestyle before considering an Aussie!! If you are up and off early and spend large portions of your time out then an Aussie won’t be the dog for you. They thrive on companionship and interaction with others.

    10). RESCUE

    Do you really want a puppy? Whilst the Australian Shepherd is numerically low in numbers there are still dogs who for whatever reason need to find another home. Could you offer one of these dogs a long and happy life?
     
  5. Baby Bordie

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    Oh right, because i would be at school and my parents at work, so it would have to go to work with my parents if i did get one....
    So you dont think it would be fine?

    Yes, ive owned 3 dogs before, 2 labradors and 1 rotweiller!
     
  6. sequeena

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    You have to really think about it, can you offer everything this dog needs? If the answer is no, don't get one. I would take the time to really research different breeds and don't base your decision on wanting one just because they're pretty.
     
  7. Nonnie

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    Ive only personally known one Aussie, called Rope. He was a working dog, and was on the go 24/7.

    Like Sequeena has said, they are very similar to Border Collies. Ive had these and they arent for everyone, and are extremely hard to keep entertained.

    You have to look at what you can offer a dog, then find one that suits your needs. Dont get a dog based on looks.

    If you get the wrong one for your environment, you will run into problems.
     
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    Thanks for that, it definately wont be the dog for me, The molting and its exitability would be too much, thanks.
     
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    I wouldn't recommend these dogs for you. They're VERY smart, VERY active, shed a lot, aren't as biddable as say collies and they really need a job to do they excel at agility. If you could say take it to agility classes once or twice a week or do a lot of training and stimulation with it you might be able to have one.
     
  10. Baby Bordie

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    what i was doing was looking for a dog i like the look of, then see if i have the right environment.... I did already have a dog in mind which was a beagle, and on the websites, i have all the requirements needed! So i think im still going to stick to a beagle.
     
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    I think it's best or a smaller dog
    I hoep to get an aussie later on in life, they require lots of exercise and stimulation so wouldn't be ok just sitting for hours. They also grow long coats...Well fairly long. :D
     
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    What a fantastic post! I am loving the bit about the rescue's! :)
     
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    Beagles can also be quite difficult due to their scent tracking. I have heard many beagle owners complain about their dogs recall and not being able to let them off.
     
  14. sequeena

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    Thank you! I can't take any credit though, I found it on a Australian Shepherd website :D
     
  15. sequeena

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    My OH would love a beagle. We're doing scent work with our GSD now and she adores it :D I know a couple with an adult beagle and a beagle pup and they are unbelievably adorable. I've told the OH we're not having another dog for a good few years though!
     
  16. Baby Bordie

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    Ive also heard of this.... But my gran in south-african is a dog trainer, and she has a huge farm with like 20 dogs, 7 of which are beagles! :D and some of her beagles have been taught that the to follow the scent is not good, and a few of them can be let off the lead! :D
     
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    Can you actually teach a Beagle that scent isn't good :confused: I thought it was a built in thing.
     
  18. sequeena

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    Yes isn't it instinct? When Sky and Candy off the lead Sky 'herds' Candy :confused:
     
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    also with a beagle make sure that you have heard one bark!! before getting one, i went round a friends yesterday who has a beagle and was certainly put off the breed once i heard him bark or rather howl!!
     
  20. sequeena

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    Yes, they certainly are little howlers. Little body - big mouth!
     
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