Any Australian Shepherd owner here?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Balefire, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Balefire

    Balefire Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking about to get a Australian Shepherd puppy, but I will do my homework first. I have 2 Aussi muds, but this time I like to get a pure bred one. So I'm looking for some help to find the "right" breeder or a good rescue

    This is Hexe. Her dad was a Aussie and mom was a Border Collie x Collie. She moved with me from Germany. She is 8 years

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    And this is Wizard, we got him from a high traffic kill shelter in Kenntucky. He is around 2 years now

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  2. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep one. I did have two, but one died of old age. They're intelligent, loving, easy to train and very protective of their herd (you). [​IMG]
     
  3. equinehugger3

    equinehugger3 Overrun With Chickens

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    I have one. [​IMG]
    Yes, they're very smart, easy to train... Not to mention FRIENDLY. [​IMG] He's never, ever bitten anyone. Also, like the above poster said, they're protective of their family and like to herd them around. [​IMG] We recently got a puppy, and our Aussie herds her along on the walks, and he's SO gentle with her when she tries to play.
    When my brother was younger, he'd literally lay on the dog's back, so his head was on his neck, and sing and pet him. He'd sometimes tug on the dog's ears, and all of this would happen while (the dog) was eating! [​IMG] He's a huge sweetheart.
    They are, however, loud and energetic. Ours is debarked (While he was being watched by someone at their house, he was barking so loud he got a complaint, so he had to be by law) and he can still make your ears ring. I wish we'd have trained him to stop barking on command when he was younger... Also, if he doesn't get a walk every day he's so obnoxious.

    Good luck! [​IMG] Especially if you live on a farm I'd recommend this breed. [​IMG]
     
  4. RyRy2

    RyRy2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Love, love, love Aussies... Here is Rileah,
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    she is my second Aussie, while both had destinct personalities, there were certain characteristics that came thru loud and clear on both.. Super loyal, they will do anything to please you, very smart and easily trained, great with kids (you do have to watch out for herding behaviors and correct it when they are young though).. I never have to worry about where she is, my first aussie, Shadow, was the same way, if they are more than 40' away, they are on a stay and waiting for the recall or turning around to come back to you.. great with other animals, very friendly (I have met some that can be a bit reserved when they first meet you, depends on the early socialization). you would think I would have to watch the herding dog around the horses and chickens, but honestly, as far as Rileah is concerned, they do not even exist, I swear you can see the wheels turning "mama will be upset if I chase you, so you are NOT there" If you decide to go for an Aussie, do your research, check with different breeders and make sure you go with one that not only does all of the health checks, but also breeds the type(temperment and energy level) of dog you want (some have much higher energy levels than others and NEED a job, others are content to just be with you and have a couple of times a week run) I can't imagine not having an Aussie, but they aren't for everyone.
     
  5. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    I have an Australian Sheperd/Border Collie mix. Her name is Zoey and she is 18 months old. She and her litter mates were rescued by a local firefighter. She is a very good dog. She loves to be around people and follows me everywhere. She is also great off leash too. She is a very smart little girl. Sometimes too smart for her own good. She needed something to occupy her mind as she was getting in trouble with her intellegence (ie: Digging holes in the yard, chewing a lot of things, Getting into things she wasn't suppose to ect.) I ended up giving her her own little "job" to do. Which was something called Dog Carting. Basically all it is is she pulls a cart behind her and transports things. Like today for instance, I loaded her cart up with firewood and she brought it up the the house for me (we have a woodstove). She has done three loads of firewood for me thus far today. She absoulutely LOVES dog carting. I will have to get a picture of her working for you.

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    Good Luck on your search for a purebreed Aussie. They are beautiful dogs! [​IMG]
     
  6. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Maybe it's all of the ones I've been around, but I've been attacked (actually attacked, no warning bite) by 3 full-blooded Australian Shepherds.

    Just another view on this. I'm not saying they're all bad, just giving a different view. I know that I won't even go near one now. It's the only breed that I am openly afraid of. Give me a pit bull any day.
     
  7. flitter

    flitter Chillin' With My Peeps

    We love our Aussie! She is so smart. Herds our chickens... took a little training because you can't herd chickens like sheep. She is great with family and friends but very unfriendly with strangers. What a play drive! She came from a family farm outside Lewisburg, PA.
     
  8. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    We have two! Ginger is a red merle and she's 10 years old. She's my best buddy and follows me wherever she can. Riley is a tri and he's 4 months old, and he's got more energy than I ever thought a puppy could have! We recently found out that he's super smart -- only he's trying to masquerade as a dummy. [​IMG] We trained him to ring a bell when he needs to go out to go potty, and it's such a good feeling of accomplishment when I hear that little tinkling sound. Right now we are working double time on socialization, and trying to divert his rough attentions away from the chickens.

    Here's Ginger...
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    And here's Riley...
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    And yes, I have a thing for blue eyes... [​IMG]

    I love Aussies and will always have one by my side. They are the best in my opinion. [​IMG]
     
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  9. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my 3rd. Absolutely love 'em!
     
  10. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I absolutely love Aussies, I had the pleasure of owning one. He was a gift from my hubby, a lady at his work bred them. He brings him home and it was love at first sight! So smart, so loving, so easy to train! Sadly, he had megasophagus and passed when he was only 9 months old from complications. We did try to adopt one of his older siblings, but it didn't work out, he was too rough with our cats. We loved Loki so much, and miss him so much more!!

    This is Loki on the day I got him.
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    This is Loki right before we took him to the vets for the last time [​IMG]
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