Top 10 Reasons To Have An Australian Shepherd In Your Family

There are hundreds of dog breeds out there today, but very few can match the loyalty, energy, and the willingness to work, like the Australian Shepherd dog. Contrary to the name, the Australian Shepherd actually originates from the United States.

The breed has been extremely popular in the past at ranches, farms, rodeos, rounding up livestock, and performing. Moreover, they have become more popular in recent years with regular families who are active.

Let’s look at 10 reasons why you should have an Australian Shepherd in your family.

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1. The first reason to have an Australian Shepherd in your family has got to be the fact that they are very easy to train, in fact, they love having things to do, they need it. They are the original herding dog and if they are not trained, and given plenty to do they will get bored very quickly.

Many people that own these beautiful dogs spend hours walking, or running with them. In addition, they are ideal for those with a bit of land and they will automatically try to herd any creatures like ducks or geese around the home, and even children at times.

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2. The second reason is that they are very loyal to their owner, as long as they are put to work, or get plenty of playtime and exercise, they will remain a loyal companion to their family.

You can train them to fetch things, pull things, herd, push and many other skills. They are very fast learners and are keen to do so, they are a dog that wants to be kept busy.

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3. Our third reason is their intelligence, in fact, they are one of the most intelligent breeds of dog out there. This breed can be taught many different tricks, and can do jobs where other breeds fail.

This is not a backyard dog that will keep you company in the evenings, if not kept stimulated with training and exercise and given plenty to do, he will quickly become bored, and can end up becoming a nuisance dog, chewing furniture and such.

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4. They make good guard dogs is the fourth reason in our list. This is due to them being a herding dog naturally, which involves barking, so they do like to bark, and will bark at anything unusual.

That being said, you need to train them as to what is unusual and ok to bark at, or he will be barking at neighbors, dogs, cats, and everything else that comes near. It is a good thing to get them used to other people, and give them plenty of interacting moments with friends and neighbors, so he learns the difference between friends and strangers.

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5. Fifth on our list is they make great show dogs. They are a very obedient dog, which can be trained to show dog level as they are very willing to please. You can begin training this breed at a very early age, and it is highly recommended that you do so.

Keep in mind, that they will pick up training skills at an early age, which is something other breeds find very difficult.

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6. The sixth reason for having an Australian Shepherd in the family has got to be personality. This breed is extremely lovable, smart, intelligent, versatile and very adaptable, as well as energetic.

They always want to be involved, in everything, and the more involved he is the more happy he is. They prefer meal time, bed time, and walk time at the same time each day.

Therefore, if you’re late he will generally let you know.

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7. Seventh on the list is health, as this is an important part of knowing about the breed of dog you will be purchasing. Every dog breed has its issues with health problems whether it be a common thing, or in the breeding line itself.

Australian Shepherds also have their share of problems, but not as many as most other breeds. The most common problems that can occur with this breed is eye infections, which should be checked regularly, epilepsy and hip dysplasia.

You can make an informed decision better if you get your dog from a trusted breeder who can show you paperwork on any medical issues within the breeding line.

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8. Our eighth reason for having an Australian Shepherd is that they are child friendly. These dogs love interaction, and children only add to their socialization, as many kids love playing with them.

These dogs have so much energy they can play with kids all day long if allowed to. Not to mention, that it also makes a great day out, taking the kids, and dog to the park at the weekend and teaching him to do tricks with a ball or Frisbee too.

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9. The ninth reason we chose is the coat color and pattern, although this is not an essential reason for owning one, it could well be a deciding factor with all the other reasons.

This is not just a one color breed, although they are well known for their marble looking coat, and that is the most well known look, they can also be found with red merle, blue merle, and even red, and can also come with white or without white markings.

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10. Tenth and final reason is eye color. This again is not a sole component for acquiring one of these breeds, but this breed is well known for its distinguishing eye colors, and could well be a contributing factor.

One of the fascinating things about the eye color of this breed is the fact that they can have split coloring, meaning one eye can be one color, and the other eye could be a completely different color.

Eye colors range from brown, or hazel, to blue or even green, they can even have split eye coloring, meaning half a single eye can be one color, and the other half another color, quite unique.

Now, while this particular breed would make a welcomed addition to the family, the reader should also keep in mind, that knowing what to ask the breeder before hand will further help.

This can ensure that both him, and your family alike for many years to come are the ideal fit for each other.

Finally, we hope our top ten reasons here today provided you with those details on what you can expect when owning a Australian Shepherd.

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4 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons To Have An Australian Shepherd In Your Family

  1. Michaela Burt says:

    Lol…..I have had three aussies to date and your article amuses me as mine have been the exact opposite. My current aussie (11yrs) is lazy and would prefer cuddles on the couch than anything. She is very smart, but has never been destructive and has never been over demanding of exercise. She was a show dog but didn’t enjoy it so I tried herding. She thought it was more fun to eat the sheep’s poop than chase them. She basically enjoys swimming more than anything. All my aussies were the same.

  2. Bishop Hinners says:

    I am very disheartened that you would use the picture of a Double Merle in this article, and even worse, you use the picture for the part of the article specifically telling people to look for a good breeder, a good breeder would never breed Merle to Merle?

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