Australian Shepherd (Aus)
The Australian Shepherds are one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia. They have been bred since 1874 and they were first used in the World War I.
Today, there are over 4 million Aussies living all around the world. Their popularity has increased due to their docile nature and their ability to live with humans without any problems. There are many different types of Aussies: the working type, the show type, the family pet type and even a rescue breed.
Australia is known for its vast desert landscapes where it gets very hot during summertime. This makes them ideal dogs for those areas.
They are also excellent swimmers and enjoy long walks in the wild country. These qualities make them perfect companions for hunters or anyone else who needs to keep fit outdoors while still being able to spend time indoors when needed.
Their intelligence and loyalty make them great guard dogs. They are also good watchdogs, which means they will bark at intruders but won’t attack them.
They are usually friendly towards strangers and will greet visitors warmly. However, if you do something wrong, then they may become aggressive towards you. Some Aussies have a reputation for being stubborn and not giving up easily so it’s best to never force your way into their home unless absolutely necessary!
These dogs are good with kids and other animals, although they may try to herd them as if they were sheep. They have a strong herding instinct and it can sometimes be difficult to keep them from trying to round up your friends and family!
They respond well to simple commands and are eager to please, so they are easy to train. It is important though that you show them who is boss or they will try to take charge themselves. Their intelligence means that they can be a bit mischievous so they also need plenty of exercise or they may get into trouble.
The most common health problems for Australian Shepherds are Legg-Calve-Perthes, eye problems, glaucoma and cataracts, hip and elbow dysplasia and epilepsy. The average lifespan is around 12-13 years but some have been known to live up to 16 years with good care.
The Australian Shepherd is an energetic and dynamic dog that requires regular exercise. Even a walk around the block isn’t enough to satisfy them!
It is important that they are given space to run free once in awhile. Jogging, hiking, or even a game of fetch in a big open area allows them to use up all that energy and keeps them happy.
They have short coats so they require minimal grooming. A quick brushing now and again removes dead hair and keeps their coats looking nice.
They are average shedders and tend to blow their coat a couple of times a year, so you may find yourself vacuuming a bit more.
The Australian Shepherd is best suited to active families or someone who has the time to take them hiking or jogging on a regular basis. An Aussie won’t be happy just sitting around the house all day while their family is at work.
They need a job to do! They are ideal for people who like the outdoors and can keep them occupied with activities like hiking, biking or even skiing. It is important that they have lots of personal interaction because they quickly become stressed if they are left alone for long periods of time. They are also watchdogs and will bark if a stranger comes to the door.
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