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Re: [RC] OT - Australian Shepherds - Barbara McCrary

We've had Aussies over the past 50+ years, interspersed with a few Border Collies.  BCs are by far the most obsessed workers and would go crazy without a job.  OTOH, the Aussies we have had were fairly mild about working, unless we actually asked them to do something.  One of ours used to go with our daughter (2nd grade) as she walked a mile to the school bus, and when she got on the bus he turned around and came home.  The one we have now has been obsessed with only one thing...going riding or walking with me.  If the cattle get into the yard by mistake, then he runs them out, but he never obsesses over it.  I should think that if the Aussie you plan to get has plenty of exercise and gets to go riding with you, she should be happy.  We're not talking Queensland Heelers here...they are known as "land sharks,"  heel biters, including people's heels.  I think Aussies are my favorite dogs for a ranch.
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Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:57 AM
Subject: [RC] OT - Australian Shepherds

Over the years I've noted alot of dog owners on this list.  I have 7.5 acres, 5 horses and 2 other dogs (boxer, lab mix).  A friend wants her australian shepherd to have a 'job'.  Right now the dog lives in a house in a neighborhood with zero exercise.
What can anyone tell me about Australian Shepherds that I wouldn't have already read?  I know they need a job, they are 1 person dogs and they herd other animals.  Other pros and cons regarding the horses and other dogs?  It is a neutered female, 5 years old.

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[RC] OT - Australian Shepherds, kramspott