Australian Shepherd Temperament

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Australian Shepherd Temperament

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Australian Shepherd Overview

The Australian Shepherd Temperament is said to be intelligent, affectionate, good-natured, protective and active.

The Australian Shepherd are known to be easy-going dogs. They are like that child who is too big for their own body and that man who is still actually a child. It is common for an Australian Shepherd to display puppy like behavior in their adult years.

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Australian Shepherd are good watchdogs. They will alert you if someone is at the door by barking away!

Are Australian Shepherds Good Family Dogs?

Australian Shepherd are great family dogs. They love to play with children and are very devoted, loyal, agile and attentive for their owners. They act as guardians for their family, protecting them and going out of their way to keep them safe. They can be very affectionate and are very eager to please their humans. They seem to have a sixth sense of what their owners want and act of it to make sure that their owners are happy. They can be aggressive while working with livestock since they were bred to be shepherd dogs but they are also very gentle with their human friends, children and other small animals.

Australian Shepherd on some grass

Are Australian Shepherds Easy to Train?

The Australian Shepherd are very intelligent dogs and this makes them easy to train. They will do well in advanced obedience classes and in agility classes. These kinds of classes are actually great for the Australian Shepherd Temperament because it will be mentally stimulating for them and will keep them out of trouble!

Australian Shepherd Temperament can vary from one dog to the next. Some of them can be very friendly towards al and very outgoing. Others can be shy and reserved for the most part. Some things that are true for all Australian Shepherds are that they are intelligent, loyal and thrive on human companionship. They love to have interactions with people, and it is important for them to be around their people. They love to play, such as throw a Frisbees around with you and fetch for you. The Australian Shepherd Temperament is not completely suited for an apartment owner. These guys are medium sized but do need to be active and apartments mind be a little too small for them. They need to have a lot exercise and stimulation. This is something to keep in mind for people who want to adopt an Australian Shepherd.

Are Australian Shepherds Good Apartment Dogs?

The Australian Shepherd need to have an active lifestyle. They are not the kind of dogs that are suitable for very busy people who will leave them in the living room for hours per day and will only be taking them out for about fifteen minutes. They need to have rigorous exercise such as running, biking, hiking and swimming. They need something to occupy their mind or else they will become very destructive. They might start to chew on things and destroy things around the house. They tend to also get very nervous in these situations. This in turn will make them suspicious of strangers. It is also important to take notice that the Australian Shepherd Temperament is that of a working dog and so if you are not giving them activities that will stimulate them, they might start to nip at people because they want to herd them. This kind of behavior needs to be stopped as soon as it occurs.

Australian Shepherd in the snow

Goldcrest Autumn Sky (photo taken by owner Sharon Andrews)

Because of the above stated reasons, it is important to be a very alert, calm and strong leader for the Australian Shepherd. They do not respond well to harsh directions. Instead, they need to have masters who will be calm, assertive and consistent with them. They also need to be with someone who can possibly redirect them without physically or mentally abusing them. Often times treats and positive reinforcement works really well with them instead. They are people pleasers and love knowing that they are pleasing you!

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