The wonderful Australian Shepherd dog.

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picture of jasmine
This is Jasmine, the Australian Shepherd

I have had many, many Aussies during my life. And they have all been super dogs. They are very smart and are good at many things. They like to herd other animals or anything that moves, they love to do the agility tests, and in general just like to please their humans. They are super with other animals and can be taught to do almost anything. They can be a little on the hyper side and I guess that is why they aren’t used for the therapy work.

I had one dog that just loved everyone and one of her favorite people was the veterinarian. Long ago, our dog and cat vet would come to see our horses too, so everything would get done with one trip. It was great. Anyway, when this particular vet came to the barn, Tiger Lily would race around and if she couldn’t find a stick to take to him, she would actually chew one off of a tree. And he would spend 20 minutes throwing the stick for her.

They also make wonderful watch dogs. The dog that I have now, Jasmine, is great at letting everyone know that she is in the yard and please don’t come in. I do not believe that she would bite anyone, but she sure sounds like she is a watch dog.

They are excellent at competitive obedience work. Unfortunately I never took the time to do the obedience training but they are so easy to train, it is just amazing. I wish I had done the training with at least one of the dogs.

This is a picture of a really pretty Australian Shepherd.

The only down side of the Australian Shepherd and it probably isn’t just related to this particular breed is the fact that they love to chase a ball or a Frisbee. So as they get older, 9 or 10 years old, they get pretty bad arthritis. And I guess the fact that the aussies just love to chase things, animals, balls, Frisbees and they try so hard to do it right, that they end up hurting themselves. I think every dog that I have had ended up with bad backs, or just plain arthritis. And it is mainly in the back. I had one poor dog who’s back got so bad, that she would drag her hind legs when she walked, so her feet would get all bloody. At that time I did not know about the wagons they make these days for dogs that can’t use their hind legs.

Anyway, some of my fondest memories are of the many Australian Shepherds that I have had. They are a wonderful dog.

Has anyone else had an Australian Shepherd???


Comment from: Amy & The House of Pets [Visitor] ·
Oh what pretty dogs those are. I haven't had one and honestly don't know if I have ever seen one before - they are super cute.
12/07/09 @ 10:18
Comment from: The Creek Cats [Visitor] ·
My good friend has an Aussie and he is wonderful. He was once used as a therapy dog, but he isn't a very hyper dog. He is getting up in his age and is now on heart medication for arrythmia. He is such a wonderful and obedient dog.
12/07/09 @ 11:44
Comment from: Brian [Visitor] ·
Nope, we've not had any since I've been here, but I must say that they sure are beautiful!!!
12/07/09 @ 14:49
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12/08/09 @ 01:07
Comment from: Sugar [Visitor] ·
Woof! I used to have an Austrian Shepherd dooggy friend in my neighborhood. His name is Jack ... Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
12/08/09 @ 06:26
Comment from: WillOaks Studio [Visitor] Email ·
My sister adopted an Australian Shepherd puppy some months ago and she's just thrilled by smart he is and how easy he has been to train. OTOH, he's very active and needs a lot of this has been a sticking point for her because she doesn't like to walk too much...but I guess she's letting him run around as she's rural and has a lot of open space for him to use. He visited last summer and he's just a really nice looking dog in black and white.
12/08/09 @ 18:52
Comment from: John [Visitor] ·
Oh what great dogs they are! Have spent hours watching videos on Youtube..
12/11/09 @ 06:41
Comment from: monique [Visitor]
I've been thinking about buying one for my family. My husband and i have a 20 month old and we'd really like to get a dog that she can grow up with. we did some research and found out that these dogs are great for children. anyone have experience with a shepherd and small children?
03/25/10 @ 08:53
Comment from: Dog Daddy [Visitor]
I have an Aussie same colors as the one above.
She heards my Border Collie to my side on our walks.

The Border Collie has given up try to run around.
I take her by her self for field runs.

I use both dogs together for bikejoring.
They are both the smartest and most loving dogs.
05/20/10 @ 12:12
Comment from: Tom [Visitor] ·
My name is Sky and I am an awesome Aussie. Maybe you would like my blog...
07/08/10 @ 14:27
Comment from: Sunny [Visitor] Email
Sunnie is our 10 yr. old, Red Merle, she is an awsome family member. Our son was 2 almost 3 when we got her and they made great playmates. The only thing to know is these dogs are herders. Sunny herded, pinched (with her front teeth) and was very bad about nipping when she was young and without alot of training would still be doing it. She still herds other animals and us around the house at times but without the nipping. If you get an Aussie be prepared to be very busy as these are very active and smart creatures. She has been alot of work but worth her wait in gold. She has protected us and her boy (our son) with her life and has been a great addition to our family.
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07/01/11 @ 03:53
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