5 AMAZING FACTS About The AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
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FACT 1 Let’s dive right into the 1st amazing fact. The Aussie, despite their intense working drive and demand for a job to do, they are very affectionate with their family. Aussie owners will marvel at their loving nature and high working drive. They typically are wonderful dogs in homes with older children, but can do well in homes with younger children as well. The breed is wary of strangers so they must be well socialized and have a leader that is calm and consistent. They are prone to nipping and herding children which is why they need to be well socialized and have those instincts directed elsewhere. They might be the perfect canine to play fetch with and teach all kinds of impressive tricks to so they will thrive with children who take an active role in working with them. FACT 2 This brings us nicely to fact number two. They are very high energy and incredibly smart, which you probably knew already. It’s not a huge surprise since the Aussie is a world-renowned herding and trick canine that carries out a huge array of agility, livestock, and entertainment work. But did you know they can also make exceptional service canines? The same traits that qualify them for the intense work of herding large livestock are what makes them so adept as emotional support and service canines in the home. They bond closely with their family and are incredibly affectionate to the point where they seem Velcroed to their people. Yet another trait that allows them to excel in service work for those with disabilities. FACT 3 Diving into the 3rd fact you may not know, the amazing Australian Shepherd isn’t Australian at all! The breed was actually developed in the Pyrenees Mountains in Europe by the Basque people who were primarily sheep herders. They set out for the plains of Australia in the early 1800’s with their canines and during that time, bred in some English stock (like the Border Collie). After a short stay there, the Basque again moved to the fertile promised land of California in the early 1900s. Upon landing in the US, local cowboys and ranchers fell in love with the quick and intelligent little herding dog with such striking coloring. Since they’d most recently come from Australia, the locals gave the breed it’s neither creative or accurate modern name; the Australian Shepherd. They are still a fixture in modern day cowboy life on working ranches and at rodeos. FACT 4 Sliding right into fact number four, the Aussie is a born people pleaser when they have a calm, consistent canine leader and it makes them an excellent choice for canine sports. They are extremely intelligent and do best with an experienced leader who can spend a lot of time with them. Through this and their high energy nature, Aussies are willing to learn almost anything that gives them a job to do. They are very athletic and have a laser focus on the job they are doing. Pair that with their razor sharp intelligence and drive to please and you’ve got one serious competitor on your hands. FACT 5 Bringing it home to fact number five, Aussies can be exceptional with children. They aren’t considered a guardian breed but they have surprisingly deep rooted guarding instincts that extend to everyone in the home, including new babies. This can make them ideal companions as they and the child grow up together, but they’ll need to be well socialized to everyday situations, like friends coming over. They are playful and very at ease with their family but can have either an aloof or very friendly presence when other people are around. Their high energy does mean they’ll want to run and play as the child grows so it’s important to teach both canine and child what to expect from the other and the proper behavior.