Australian Shepherd – Q&A
Smart and focused, Australian Shepherds excel at advanced obedience and agility, as well as all forms of play. They also love their owners, and want to be around them constantly. Here are some common questions people ask about this breed:
Is the Australian Shepherd a good family dog?
Yes, it’s a great family dog for an active family that will involve him in their activities so he gets the mental and physical stimulation he needs daily. He may not be such a great fit for a family that does not have the time to keep him occupied.
Do Australian Shepherds shed a lot?
Yes. Because of their long hair, they tend to shed quite a bit, especially during the spring and fall. However, some have shorter coats with less shedding. Regular brushing is necessary to keep excess hair off your seats, carpets and beds. It also helps to get rid of mats and tangles.
Why do they cut the tails off of Australian Shepherds?
This was often done for working dogs to prevent injury, improve their speed and improve hygiene. Because of their long hair, Aussie tails could quickly become soiled and matted. Tails were also cut off for cosmetic purposes in some cases. However, this practice is no longer considered necessary or beneficial. In fact, some argue that it compromises the health of the dog, not to mention the pain caused.
Do Australian Shepherds bark a lot?
Yes, they are considered a noisy breed, barking at loud noises, strangers and other animals. Aussies are a herding breed, and herders bark. As such, getting his barking habits under control should be a priority during training.
Are Australian Shepherds smart?
Super-smart! Originally bred to herd, they were expected to think and make decisions, and will easily outsmart you if you’re not paying attention.
Are Australian Shepherds easy to train?
It depends. They can be easy to train, but only if they get enough exercise, mental stimulation and companionship. A bored Aussie will not be calm and will therefore have a hard time focusing on what you want him to do, which is really not his fault since stimulation is a natural and primary need for this breed.
Now that you have some useful information on the Australian Shepherd, you can decide whether you want one as your next puppy. Give us a call on (703) 844-9796 for more details on this and many more breeds you can choose.