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Daisy

Australian Shepherd

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Female

Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques

Quick to learn and train

3/5

Emotionally stable

N/A

Family oriented

5/5

Child safety

3/5

Safe with small pets

1/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

1/5

Health

3/5

Easy to groom

3/5

Great watch dog

5/5

Great guard dog

1/5

Nervous ball of energy

By

United States

Posted January 25, 2013

Daisy was, temperament wise, a difficult dog to get used to. She is fundamentally, devastatingly nervous. She twitches constantly and jumps around. She is scared by her own shadow (unless she is chasing something). She can't be left alone too long or she gets destructive with the inside furniture.

Australian Shepherds really need to be taken out for extensive fetch games as often as possible to expend some of that energy. I use one of those special extend-o ball-throwers and a tennis ball in a large field so she can run as hard as she wants.

She is a good guard dog, but her long coat sheds everywhere. She also has a strong herding instinct (obviously) which leads to interesting interactions with toddlers. She tries to herd them together into a little group. Granted, this is pretty hilarious at first, but Australian Shepherds tend to nip a bit to get animals into the type of herd formation they prefer. You don't want that kind of interaction happening between dogs and kids, so I would suggest waiting until your kids are in late elementary school before getting one!

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