Personality and Temperament
Australian Shepherds are smart, playful, animated, and active dogs that play along well with people of all ages. The dog can make a wonderful friend for kids, even though it may try to herd them through nipping. The dog also gets along decently with most other breeds of dog, but it is aggressive toward strangers due to its protective nature. Socialization from an early age is suggested due to its suspicion of strangers. This breed is generally easy to train thanks to its intelligence and willingness to please its owner. Herding dogs bark and the Australian Shepherd is no different. She is always alert and will bark to let the owner know that she has spotted something out of the ordinary.
The Aussie is not a yard dog, so it shouldn’t be tied out in the backyard all day. The breed needs a good exercise on a daily basis, preferably combining both mental and physical challenges. Without proper physical and mental stimulation, barking will become a big problem and she will get into trouble. Games such as agility, herding trials, and flying disc are strongly suggested. A couple of hour-long strolls daily, hikes or jogs, plus some training sessions at home will also help meet her needs for activity. Realize that it takes a lot of time and effort to keep the Aussie occupied to her satisfaction. But if you are ready to train her consistently and give her plenty of exercises, then this dog breed is right for you.