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There's always going to be pluses and minuses with every breed, even if they are the perfect fit for your home and lifestyle. Today we will be looking at the five main categories that relate to the biggest pros and cons when it comes to having an Aussie. We'll talk about each of the categories pros first, and then we will look at them again and see in what situations they could be considered cons. Let's jump right into the first category. ENERGY/SPACE Looking at the energy and space requirements of the Aussie, we see that they tend to have a high energy level, so they do exceptionally well in active homes. This is a terrific pro for people looking for a medium-sized dog they can potentially compete with or want to take with them on long hikes or runs. Aussie's also don't take up much space in the home other than an appropriately sized bed if they aren't allowed on the furniture; otherwise, they will be as close to in your lap as possible. INTELLIGENCE & TRAINABILITY The second category will look at is their intelligence and trainability. Aussie's are extremely intelligent and very willing to please, making them extraordinarily easy to train for an experienced canine leader. Their higher energy level also allows them to rise to the highest and most technical levels of obedience and competition. They are equally motivated by food as they are play and affection, making it easy to train them out and about and in a structured setting. GROOMING The third category is their grooming requirements. Aussie's have a thick, dense coats that sheds an average amount for a double coated breed. They have a striking appearance and are typically easy to groom. Their thick coat means they do well in cold environments and even tolerate warmer climates fairly well since their coat will adapt. FAMILY & GUARDING The fourth category and pro to having an Aussie in your home is their deep family bonds and protective nature. They are wonderful family dogs that are always up for an adventure which is a huge pro for active families. The other pro to this temperament is their guarding nature brings a sense of peace and security to their family, knowing that they have a canine who is an intelligent protector with a loud bark. AFFECTION & INDEPENDENCE Rounding out the last category in the pro list is their affection versus tendency towards independence. The Aussie can and most definitely will think for themself, but they are extremely bonded to their primary person and prefer to take direction and guidance from their calm, consistent canine leader. Since they are so high energy and bonded, they make ideal companions for homes where someone is home throughout the day. Let's look at each of these categories again, but in the light of how the Aussie's temperament and size could be a con.  CONS ENERGY The first category we mentioned in the pros list was their energy and space needs. While their higher energy level allows them to thrive and active homes, this can quickly turn into a con for bustling families that don't have the time to work out the Aussie's energy in a constructive way. They are also not a breed that will exercise themselves in the backyard without you there, so they will require more time and energy on your part than many other breeds. INTELLIGENCE & TRAINABILITY The second category is their trainability and intelligence. Being as smart as they are, they can easily outsmart family members or even take the leadership role on themselves. This makes them a poor choice for first-time canine leaders as well as those homes where the whole family isn't on the same page when it comes to setting boundaries and enforcing proper behavior. They can be both pushy and adorable so the Aussie is surprisingly prone to obesity despite their active nature. GROOMING Coming back to their grooming needs, their dense coat can allow them to tolerate cold climates better than other breeds but they are also prone to overheating if they aren’t brushed regularly. You'll find that because their coat is so thick they'll also need frequent grooming visits and baths. FAMILY & GUARDING When looking at their close family bonds and protective instincts, most people only see the pros, but this can flip to a con when you consider their quality of life in your home. They need appropriate corrections and consistent boundaries to satisfy their willingness to please and bossy personalities. In homes with multiple people or potentially numerous canine leaders, this can get tricky very quickly, depending on each member of the family's experience level. AFFECTION & INDEPENDENCE The final category is their affectionate versus independent nature. Since they do bond especially closely with one person, they don't do well in homes where their family is gone 8+ hours a day. They will think for themselves, but in most cases, this can result in wrong choices that leave you coming home to a mess. Like with people, every good quality will also have a counter that makes it unappealing. It's essential to consider every angle, including your current lifestyle potential of future life changes and honestly evaluate your canine leadership skills and willingness to alter your lifestyle for every breed.

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