My husband and I are ready to start shopping around for a dog and we have our choices narrowed down to an Aussie or a Goldie. Our experiences with Goldies are extensive as both sides of our family has Goldies but we think the Aussie might be an energetic fit for us as well. We love trips to vermont for hikes and lots of outdoor time. Runs by the beach. Etc. We come from a cold climate so winters are rough!
We currently live in a spacious 1 bedroom apartment, directly across the street from an off-leash dog park. There are only 3 days a week the dog would be alone (6 hours) where we can hire our landlords son to take him for a walk on those 3 days. Our home life is pretty settled. No kids and we have 1 pet bird.
I just want to hear people’s experiences with these two types of dogs. What are your pros and cons to each breed? I’ve been doing tons of online research but would love to hear from you. Thanks!
We had an Aussie and she did have natural hearding tendancies. She was very protective of us as kids, which was great but as she got older she became very protective around strangers that came to the house and would nip towards them. Never at them but if you didn’t know her I’m sure it was a bit indimidating. We also had a lot of land that allowed her to run around and that’s an absolute must with an AS.
I don’t think you can go wrong. My brother has an Aussie and she’s amazing! Great with the kids, always following his commands. I have a friend with a golden who is amazing too and great with her one year old. Perfect family dog, and has been trained well as well.
I’ve got to say though I find it obnixous when someone has to ask about adoption in a pet thread. You can’t tell from the OP whether she’s adopting or going to a breeder and it shouldn’t matter. She should get to make the choice that it right for her family. It just seems like people push adoption which is great and I’m very for adopting pets but it’s not always the right choice for everyone.
I completely agree about the adoption comment. And who said we weren’t looking at Aussie or Goldie rescues???? I wanted to ask “Do you and your husband have or are you planning to have kids?” If so – have you considered adoption? There are human puppies in shelters too.
Derp: Aussies all the way! I have two of them and I love the dearly. Very intellegent dogs. They learn quickly. Right now we have a small yard(and I hate it) but the dogs chase each other and they are fine. One is a year the other is 4. My 4 year old would rather sit on the sofa and watch TV my one year old is super hyper and loves to run.
My fiancee calls them velcro dogs cause they want to be by your side and want to please you. They are protective n my older dog barks when people come by. She also doesnt leave my side when there are people in the house. I have never had my dogs nip at people.
My older dog does herd by younger dog. Its fun to watch as they run around the yard.
I got my dogs from the same breeder who is well known and is constantly in contact with us. If I have a question she is quick to answer. I love her dearly.
Derp: my family has experience with both. Unfortunately, you won’t know until you already get one, but Aussies do tend to me a bit more territorial than goldies. My grandparents have an Aussie now, and I have to say, he is too aggressive. He has bitten multiple people ( strangers) and really cannot be trusted around new people or small children. It sucks because the majority of them are NOT like that, but it is more common with that breed than the goldie. However; a lot of it is how you train them… so if you’re invested in socializing and righting bad habits, both dogs are great.
My friend had a Golden. Despite multiple obedience courses and training, he was the most obnoxious dog I’ve ever come across, and this is coming from a huge dog lover (2 of my own – mutts from the shelter). He always jumped on people and he was almost 100 lbs – large for a Golden. He would also eat or drink anything left anywhere, including the kitchen countertops. Even glasses of water were not safe. He also broke my screen door jumping up on it. Grrr.
Granted, that is only one dog, but he sure soured my perspective on Goldens. Every Aussie I’ve met has been great.
We have an Aussie/German Shepherd mix. Our dog is very loyal and very smart. She is quick to learn anything and was relatively easy to train. She is great at listening and following commands.
She is VERY hyper, even as she is nearing 8 years old, she has never really settled down. She NEEDS to have plenty of exercise and stimulation, which sounds like you live a fairly active lifestyle so you should be fine. We also have a very large yard though that she loves to run around and play in, not sure how an apartment would be.
We have never had any problems with her being overly aggressive. She is territorial and will defend the house (i.e. bark when a stranger shows up) but if we tell her it’s okay she is friendly. There has only been one time I have ever seen her almost attack someone, but that person was really deserving it and she was keeping us safe, but we were able to call her off. She is also great with our niece and nephew.
She also sheds pretty bad twice a year.
So in short – beautiful dog, loyal, protective but not mean, great with kids, super energetic, loves to play. If that sounds like something you would be able to enjoy and handle, by all means, go for it!