Suitability as a Family Pet
Australia Shepherds make wonderful family pets. These dogs are affectionate and require more time with their family. They will spend a lot of time at home running up and down and playing with their master. They even enjoy being lap pets, though their small size makes this a lot more difficult. This dog does very well helping with house chores like taking dirty attires to the laundry basket, bringing in light items as well as helping with yard work. The breed can also make an excellent companion for kids, even though it might try to nip them at their heels. The behavior comes from their early days of herding livestock.
Known Health Issues
Aussies are healthy dogs, but they are susceptible to certain health conditions. They include persistent pupillary membrane, nasal solar dermatitis, spinal defects, skin allergies, persistent pupillary membrane, epilepsy and Pelger Huet syndrome. These dogs are also at risk of developing hip dysplasia, a condition that triggers arthritis later in life. They can also be affected by different types of cataracts and detached retinas. Aussies are also among dog breeds that can be affected by Collie Eye Anomaly, eye disorders that affect the retina, sclera, and choroid. This long list of problems means that you will want to ensure the parents of your puppy are certified to have normal eyes by a certified ophthalmologist.
With its high energy and high intelligence, the Australian Shepherd is not a pet for everyone. You will need to have an active lifestyle to keep up with this dog breed.