(Closed) Mini Aussies!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Are you a first time dog owner? We just got a sheltie, which as a herding dog has a similar temperment to an aussie and is as small as a mini. She is intense! Very curious, always into things, never sits still, and never runs out of energy. She constantly wants to play. On the plus side she is very food obsessed, so the bad habits she picked up (ie barking at every noise) with her previous owner are going away with a lot of training. Also, herding dogs in general are quite sensitive and really want to do everything you want them to do, so it will really help to find a positive approach trainer – look for someone who uses clickers and no negative correction. If you are not prepared for the herding dog mentality of being on all the time just beware. That said, if you want a dog to take jogging, hiking, to the park, etc. an aussie will do all those things. That’s why we got our sheltie.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Austrailian shepherds are CRAZY FULL OF ENERGY. Unless you have the time committment to keep one worn out, don’t even think about it. They are amazing and intelligent dogs, but if you don’t keep them mentally and physically stimulated, they can go overboard. I second what the PP said about training. They are scary smart and eager to please. But seriously, only get one if you have a yard, and are willing to walk them/play games with them a LOT.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

They are such cute dogs! But yes they have a ton on energy! Dog parks are great for them.. and if you have a herding club in your area they usually offer places for your dogs to go and practice their herding! 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We have an Aussie! She is 35 lbs, technically full-sized but definitely on the small side for the breed. 

She definitely has lots of energy! She is 1 1/2, and we adopted her from a rescue. She was abused before they got her, and is still quite sensitive with strangers when not on her leash, or if they are big or loud. As others have noted, Aussies really need to be exercised more than just walks around the block. Sunday is the only Aussie we’ve ever had, but I will say that I think she would have been miserable in a house with a yard where she was just let out to run off her energy. She really needs the mental stimulation at the same time as the physical – so runs, dog parks, dog beaches, new routes on walks, etc are all important. 

A lot of people warned me that an apartment wouldn’t be ideal for her but the rescue said she’d be happy here and she actually loves it. She’s a total velcro dog, so she’s happiest just being wherever we are. You do have to watch them around cats; Sunday is timid around ours but when she gets playful or has been inside too long she will herd/chase them. With male Aussies this is a bigger problem, but it varies from dog to dog. 

The other thing I will say is that little training things make a big difference. We always make her sit and wait for her food. She is great at it, and we can walk into another room and she’ll wait for us. She is SUPER food motivated, so this is huge. If we let her, she could potentially be so misbehaved, but she is such a sweetheart and so eager to please. I wouldn’t trade her for the world!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Nado: geez I thought you were talking about me for a second.. I fit the criteria.. Im mini and Im aussie but not a dog tho 😛 lol

Shelties are HIGH maintenance as in they have sooo much energy that its crazy. And they are extremely intellegent animals so training shouldnt be a problem. There totally cute tho. 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

They are dogs that NEED a job.  If you don’t give it the excersise and mental stimulation it needs, it’s not going to be happy.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Nado: Our girl is an Aussie. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

Our pup Lucia is a full sized Aussie! They are insanely intelligent, but like others are saying: once they are trained they can be awesome! Just make sure to start RIGHT away! Lucia learns new tricks so quickly, and is one of the most polite dogs I’ve ever had. We taught her not to bark, which I really love (I hate it when dogs bark at everything), AND she doesn’t go into bedrooms…she knows she can’t pass through doorways except into the kitchen where her dog dish is. Talk about smart. She definitely does need exercise, but we have a 1200 sq foot apartment and she seems to be very content with it.

My brother and sister in law have 2 full sized Aussies and one mini Aussie. They absolutely love them…if you can’t tell by that statement alone. The one thing I have noticed with their mini is that she jumps up on their couches (I know, it is common for dog owners to let their pets up there). Our Lucia hasn’t ever attempted to get on the sofa because of her size I think…so if you don’t want a mini up on your couch, I’d make sure to try and curb that behavior from the start…because once they start getting up there it is freakin impossible to stop them (my parents have this problem with their two small dogs).

Annnnyway – just to show you how smart she is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYwisVK-6M8

I taught her “play dead” in one afternoon. I’ve never been able to teach my past 4 dogs to do it…and she mastered it in less than an hour. Smart dogs, those Aussies…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My SIL has a mini Aussie. He is about 4 now, but has always been extremely well behaved and as Buttons said “polite.” He is also not very active, and I’ve met quite a few of his relatives and they aren’t overly active either. It probably just depends on the breeder, although it seems they might just be less active than the full sized aussie.

He is a really great dog and is also very sensitive. He pretty much justs wants to cuddle with you all day and really seems to listen and observe what everyone in the room is doing. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Nado – in that case it sounds like a good fit. Go for it.

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