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Australian shepherds are well-known for their unique appearance and high-energy attitudes, from Europe’s vast Pyrenees highlands to the ranches of California. These patterned puppies are eager to run and teach their favorite person new skills.

You must take into account many things before adopting your Australian Shepherd puppy. You have to select the ideal Australian Shepherd weight as sometimes adult dogs can weigh a lot.

For generations, the indigenous people called Basques relied on the Pyrenean shepherd breed to assist in farming along the French-Spanish border. Several Basques transported their dogs to Australia in the early 1800s. They crossed their dogs with border collies in the hope of finding ideal grasslands for cattle grazing.

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California eventually assigned a name to the wandering Basque. When they arrived in California, they were welcomed by ranchers who were taken aback by their strong and active shepherd dogs. However, ranchers thought these canines originated in Australia, thus the name Australian shepherd. 

Have you never had a dog before? Consider twice

This is not a breed for beginners. There are dogs and there are Australian Shepherds! If you are ready to go all in and commit to what having an Aussie is all about, and educate yourself about dogs, how they think, and why they do what they do, you may find success with an Aussie, even if it is your first dog. However, consider if you really want your first puppy to be the ultimate doggie test.

Have you taken into account the true costs?

Apart from the upfront expenditures, there are continuing expenses that may quickly accumulate. There are the obvious ones, such as food and veterinary expenditures. Regular veterinarian appointments for check-ups and vaccinations are sufficient, but what if your pet has a severe injury or illness? Remember to factor in training costs and, yes, damage to your home and furnishings. Even the most well-behaved pups sometimes chew on items they are not allowed to, and housebreaking does not occur overnight. Before you welcome a puppy into your house, you must honestly consider if you can afford to maintain it. Check out petguidedaily for more information.

Not only do Australian Shepherds like exercise, but they also need it

If your Aussie is not employed, you must be willing and able to accommodate his or her demand for physical exercise. Without consistent vigorous exercise, you will likely notice a change in the attitude of an Australian Shepherd. They will not only be bored but also grow agitated. They may get irritable as they grow more irritated and begin to become stir-crazy. I would have to argue that an Australian Shepherd exercise is not harsh. They just cannot take it any longer. They need at the very least a fenced yard in which to run. Australian shepherds are not apartment dogs. Although little Australian Shepherds are somewhat more adapted to apartment living, they still need regular exercise. 

Australians develop a strong attachment to you

If you are looking for a dog to beautify your backyard, avoid an Aussie. They want your company and are very loving and sociable. By the way, here’s a suggestion for anybody who has an Australian Shepherd. Take caution on the stairwells! Australians actually walk so near to you that they may brush up against your leg as you go down the stairs. This is especially important if you are unstable on your feet or if you have little children who may fall. They are appropriately named “velcro dogs.”

Australian Shepherds need training

Boundaries must be established by you or they will be established by your Aussie. Because they are always learning, training should continue until maturity. A well-trained Australian Shepherd means that your pet will be more obedient. They are always on the lookout for fresh information and strive to satisfy. You must be willing to invest the required time and effort. If you are unable to do so, avoid an Australian. You do not want an untrained Australian Shepherd. While you may be able to get away with it with another breed, doing it with an Australian Shepherd is asking for problems. 

Australians are very possessive of their territory

That is precisely what they do. They are suspicious of strangers. This propensity must be countered by appropriate socializing beginning when they are pups. Otherwise, you may discover that visitors to your house are confronted with a very hostile dog. Alternatively, your Aussie may develop an abnormal level of shyness and mistrust of strangers. In any scenario, your Aussie may bite humans and other animals. This is not healthy for your dog, it is not good for you, and it is most definitely not good for your visitors (or the neighbor’s kids). Be prepared to commit to continuous socializing before purchasing an Aussie.

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