Australian Shepherd Overview

Is this intelligent breed for you?

  1. Australian Shepherd puppyThe Aussie is a devoted and protective dog who needs to be kept active and made a true part of the family.

  2. The Aussie is intense in his work, and this intensity carries over into everything that he does.

  3. Training is a must with the highly intelligent and highly energetic Aussie. An untrained, bored Aussie will be an unruly dog prone to destructive behavior.

  4. On the other hand, a well-trained, active, well-socialized Aussie is a delightful companion who is capable of doing almost anything with his owners.

  5. The ideal Aussie owner has time and energy to devote to his dog.

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Reprinted from Breeders Best: Australian Shepherd © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.


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alyx.k   Fullerton, CA

8/30/2012 1:40:15 PM

I am considering getting a miniature Australian Shepard. I am a bit concerned about the fact that I work during the day and sometimes will be gone for 8 hours at a time. I do have a fenced in back yard. Any thoughts on how well the dog would do with this situation?

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Aram   Hickory, NC

12/18/2010 9:45:50 AM

The dog is very smart, brave and active.I know because I have a Australian Shepherd.

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Erin   Denver, CO

8/19/2007 1:45:16 PM

I am disappointed about how the Australian Shepard Overview is not even half a page long. A more popular

dog like the dalmatian has a much longer page. There was much more that can be written about the Australian Shepard. I have one and I know a lot more facts than about its intelligence.

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