About Aussie (from my experience):
You will find here just my own – less or more objective – remarks about the breed based on my everyday life with my Aussies.
What is different about my Aussies from general breed characteristics… What is so strikingly specific about the breed that I haven’t experienced with other dogs?
- My dogs don’t bark. I’m extremely happy about itJ And Aussies are said to be very vocal breed. Therefore, it is worth assuming most individuals in the breed like their bark 🙂
- I’ve never come across Aussies herding kids – another feature that is highlighted on YouTube videos. They just don’t do that. In my opinion it’s common for Australian Cattle Dogs, not Aussies.
- Aussies and kids. Young Aussies can play rough. The worst moment to get a puppy is probably when you have a toddler at home. Little babies and kindergarten age kids can get along very well with a pup but when human kid and puppy meet on the floor and start competing the outcome may be less than satisfactory.
- They are said to shed twice a year – 6 months in spring and 6 months in autumn but from my experience it’s not so bad. Spring shedding is very excessive but later on it’s really nothing to worry about.
- When u think of shows, you need to get a really professional groomer. I know only one person I can trust my Aussies with. The others are waste of time and money. They can also ruin your dog’s awesome coat. Grooming an Aussies for show seems to be a really challenging task. Otherwise, when your dog doesn’t attend shows it’s a piece of cake to keep the coat in good condition.
- They love water.
- They get on very well with all sorts of creatures – from horses to rabbits.
- Puppies can change a lot. It is very difficult to guarantee that the calmest dog from the litter will remain so. The most peaceful are able to change during adolescence into barking typhoons of emotions, and withdrawn to be brave guard dogs. As a breeder, I try very hard for the sake of our dogs and their owners to choose a dog with a temperament adequate for the work it is supposed to do, but subsequent socialization or lack thereof, situations to which the puppy will be exposed or simply a hormonal storm during puberty can change a lot.
There is often a request to breeders for a peaceful Aussie. The question then arises whether someone certainly thought over the choice of a breed. High activity is a trait of the breed and the request for a calm dog within such an active breed dog raises reasonable objections from breeders whether someone consciously has chosen an We are not talking about hyperactive dogs, but even an average Aussie is very energetic when compared to popular breeds. Even the way he plays is different and often disliked by dogs of other breeds.
- If you think having a Velcro dog is fun – here you are. Now, you will learn what VELCRO means. Aussie will follow you everywhere. Forget about being alone in the toilet.
They never grow up J, they love to play no matter how old they are. It should not be forgotten that this is a very active breed and the question of how much of quality time we can devote a day to our dog is crucial here. A walk on a leash around the block will certainly not satisfy Aussie’s needs.