kian wrote:If you are a couch potato who likes to sleep in and going on a walk is to the mailbox and back, then look elsewhere!
The Aussie is high energy, active and an on the go dog. They are great with kids, bond well with family members, however, they need to be taught impulse control as they are a herding dog. Aussies need a job, teach your Aussie to catch balls, frisbees or anything that lets them run that natural high energy off. If not worked, they will devise their own job which may mean destroying anything in the house or yard. They need to be with their family and are very affectionate.
They are great a alarm dog, their hearing will certainly pick up on a unwanted visitor creeping outside the house. Naturally waring of strangers, they are natural kid lovers and once a stranger is approved they become quite friendly.
Aussies come in a variety of coloring and only one size is accepted by the AKC and the ASCA. There is a push for Minis and Toys by various breeders and supporters of the smaller Aussies to be recognized. The Mini and the Toy are CKC recognized and the NAMASCUSA/MASCUSA . There is a campaign from Australian Shepherd Breeders and the ASCA to make the Minis and the Toys a separate breed, the North American Shepherd. The jury is still out and no agreement has been met as of yet. Regardless the Minis are NOT runts, they are all Australian Shepherd if bred by responsible breeders.
Health issues in all sizes include depth perception, hip dysplasia.Toys seems to be prone to more health issues. Coats are easily managed with a good brushing and shed, they will. Many of us here have Aussies, which by the way are an American Breed. Any Questions, feel free to ask!
CS this was on the front page. Are you considering getting one? What is your lifestyle like? Perhaps this info might help