Why Australian Shepherds are Good Dogs

Dogs truly are a man’s best friend, but which breed is one of the most loyal companions? Australian Shepherds are extremely intelligent and trustworthy dogs and are proven good boys.

Eran Bagwell, Contributor

First thing to know about Australian shepherds, they’re super high energy personalities. “Aussies exhibit an irresistible impulse to herd, anything: birds, dogs, kids. This strong work drive can make Aussies too much dog for a sedentary pet owner. Aussies are remarkably intelligent, quite capable of hoodwinking an unsuspecting novice owner. In short, this isn’t the pet for everyone. But if you’re looking for a brainy, tireless, and trainable partner for work or sport, your search might end here” (akc.org) Australian shepherds are dogs with a clear purpose and find joy working with other animals. If you are working on a farm or even need help raising a kid, this dog is one for the task.

Australian shepherds are medium-sized dogs and weigh between 40-65 pounds and come in a variety of colors.  With a body that’s slightly longer than it is tall, the Australian shepherd is a medium-sized, solidly built herding dog whose colors and patterns can vary greatly. Aussies have a two-layer coat: a weather-resistant top coat of medium-length hair that is straight or slightly wavy; and an undercoat that helps them adjust to both heat and cold, ” (dailypaws.com) Their coats do require some attention due to layers, but they are some of the prettiest and fluffy dogs.

These dogs are extremely athletic and need lots of attention when it comes to play time. This breed of dog is around to work. “Because these pups historically spent hours alongside their owners in the fields herding sheep and cattle, they require ample daily exercise, mental stimulation, and obedience training to be their happiest. Hiking, running, never-ending games of fetch, and agility course training are great ways to keep your Aussie happy, healthy, and adequately exercised—especially if you’re not planning to herd sheep with them out in the fields all day!” (dailypaws.com

If you are looking for a fun dog to be your partner in crime, look no further, because Aussies are here to finish the task.