The Australian Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. An exceptional companion and is versatile and easily trained, preforming his assigned tasks with great style and enthusiasm. They are reserved with strangers but does not exhibit shyness; while very loving and loyal to their families, they are not so easily won over by strangers. It is their nature to be guardians; they are protective of their home and family.
This is why it is extremely important to socialize your puppy as early as possible; as they will be more apt to accept new people and situations into their environment as they mature. Smooreaussie puppies are handled and loved on daily by myself and my family from birth to ensure proper socialization and coping skills. Our puppies are exposed to various sounds, smells, and stimuli to help build proper socialization skills. Puppies learn at a fast rate and retain every thing they are exposed to (sounds, smells, and stimuli) from birth to 16 weeks old that they will learn from to help mold them into a well adjusted adult.
Being herding dogs by breed, it is their basic instinct to run and chase each other. They make a game of it. Aussies have plenty of energy, some more than others. They require activity or they can become bored and can exhibit destructive behavior such as chewing up items. Aussies are problem solvers; so it is important to keep their minds stimulated. Giving them a job to do is important; walking, frisbee, catch/fetch, swimming, going on outings, etc. Although, there are some that prefer to be in the house and quite content. I breed for moderate drive to laid back Aussie; I find them just easier to live with and manage. Although I still get some along the way with higher energy which is fine, but not everyone can deal with high energy dogs. I try to place higher energy aussie pups with families who are more active outside or as a herding dog.
In conclusion, Australian Shepherds are an extremely intelligent and a loyal breed. They just want to be with you and are eager to please you. They are easily trained and excel at sports like frisbee, playing ball, retrieving and many water activities. Australian Shepherds enjoy companionship of other animals as well as their families, and do well when placed in households that already have another dog or cat, but also adapt quite well being number one also. Australian Shepherds can become very protective of their people & property giving your family the added security you may be looking for while at home, out for a walk, or with the children at play.
For more information on this awesome breed, you can go to ASCA.org (Australian Shepherd Club of Amercia) Also, AKC.org (American Kennel Club)
Please feel free to call me, I can answer any additional questions you may have about this breed and/or my Australian Shepherds.
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