Post # 31
If only people actually read entire threads before posting….lol.
I too am all for adoption, but that doesn’t work in all cases or for all people. If I were looking for a specific breed, I’d probably go reputable family breeder (which is what it sounds like you found).
Personally, I think either breed would be fantastic. I’ve had good and bad experiences with both breeds, and the bad experiences have been from bad owners who didn’t properly train their dogs. Any dog can be nippy, any dog can be an ass, it really depends on the dog’s training. I do think the Aussies are very eye catching though! I have a friend whose family does a lot of showing with Aussies, and the videos I’ve seen of them are amazing.
Post # 32
- Wedding: Royal Park Hotel
There is nothing wrong with buying from a breeder if you buy responsibly. There is absolutely nothing wrong with supporting a person that is keeping the breed healthy and intact with a good lineage.
Buying from a breeder and adoption do not have to be in opposition of each other.
Post # 33
My brother has a young aussie. He’s at least 65 lbs and needs a lot of exercise, but he is a beautiful dog. I will say he has bitten their electrician once…apparentliy he does not like strangers in his home even though he was pretty well socialized as a puppy. I have not seen him try to heard anyone or anything.
I have limited experience with goldens but I believe they have an extremely high rate of cancer in the breed. Just something to consider.
Post # 34
If only more people would buy from real breeders instead of puppy mill breeders in pet stores. That’s where the real problem is.
Once you meet with the breeder, please update! Fiance and I like the look of Aussies, and would be potentially starting looking for a place to get one in a year or so.
Post # 35
i voted for aussie, but i’m biased. i grew up with aussie mixes and they’re such great dogs! very smart (sometimes too smart) and so beautiful! we had an aussie/border collie mix and she was just the sweetest thing. very protective, but never aggressive (my mom loves to tell a story about the dog coming to her rescue when she found a snake in the yard, lol), she used to herd us if she felt we were wandering too far from the house (we lived on a ranch, so we had lots of room to run and play), just a really great dog.
we also had an aussie/heeler mix and she was even more protective than the other dog was, so we did have to watch her a little more closely with new people. she would nip at people’s feet sometimes (which was probably her heeler side coming out) but she never bit anyone (but i think if she was provoked she may have). some people were afraid of her, but i think it was mostly because she sounded scary, lol. her bark was definitely worse than her bite. and her one blue eye gave some people the creeps, haha.
Post # 36
Wow – I wasn’t criticising at all, just giving an opinion!
I have no issues with dogs that are bred properly as I appreciate they need good homes too!!
I did read your comments properly, and if you didn’t notice, the pictures I sent weren’t exactly of rescue dogs. Please don’t jump down my throat over something which didn’t deserve that sort of response. Sorry if I’ve offended you in any way as that wasn’t my intention.
And just as a side note, yes I do want a family, and yes I have considered adoption as something I am interested in ever since I have known I wanted a family.
Post # 37
Wow is that true about cancer in the breed? Never knew that
but good info to be aware of.
Post # 38
We have an aussie/golden mix (rescued as a puppy) and she is the best dog ever. She has the best of both worlds but she definitely has more Aussie tendencies.
She was pretty mouthy and had hearding tendencies as a puppy. She seriously was trying to heard us since day 1, which might have been hilarious but we cut it short right away and she is much better now. She is terrifyingly smart and will learn anything, good or bad, within minutes.
Energy wise, she is mid to low energy. She haa short burst of energy in early morning and late afternoon when she runs herself crazy in circle then passes out for the rest of the day. We take her to daycare once or twice a week and that wipes her out for pretty much 48 hours. That might be a solution for you on the days you are working.
She is extremely friendly to a fault but we have been consistently socializing her since the day we got her. She basically went everywhere we did, met a ton of people (inside and outside the house), dogs, cats, birds… She will bark when somebody shows up at the door unless it’s either of us but stops as soon as we acknowledge it. i am pregnant with our first but I am not overly worried as she has been around kids and toddlers and is doing great.
ANY dog will be what you train it to be. Aussies are so smart that it is an everyday labor, but so worth it. They will learn any behavior, read any cue and test you to see how your respond. They can be the best or worse dog depending on how you react to their cues.
Post # 39
- Wedding: October 2017 - Baton Rouge, LA
who loves Australian Shepherds ?!?!
Post # 40
- Wedding: July 2016 - Not Decided Yet
We got our baby girl in March – she will be 8 months old on the 6th of October. We went with a Goldendodle becuase my allergies are really bad and we also like their temperment