I met my first Aussie, Gucci, at a horse show. She belonged to my horse trainer, and I thought she was the most beautiful, intelligent, and versatile dog I had ever met.
Jacks’ and my story began at a crossroad in my life—a long term relationship ended, I lost my dog in the split, and my son had become a teenager. So in June of 2008, when I thought I was losing everything, I began my search for Jack. I didn’t know much about the breed, but Gucci had made such an impression and the more I researched Australian Shepherds, the more I knew I wanted an Aussie. And since my first Aussie, Jack—I can’t imagine ever owning another breed!
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AUSSIES:
- Males have a weight range of: 50–65 pounds
- Females have a weight range of: 40–55 pounds
- Males have a height range of: 20–23 inches
- Females have a height range of: 18–21 inches
- Aussies are devoted to their people. They like to be as close to their owner(s) as possible, and are often referred to as the ‘velcro dog’. …If you live with an aussie be prepared to never go to the bathroom alone again!
- Aussies are known for being especially eager to please their owners.
- The Australian Shepherd is among the smartest of all dog breeds and very handler focused which makes them very easy to train if the proper time is consistently dedicated to helping them learn.
- Australian Shepherds can be a somewhat reserved at times with strangers, but give them time and a little space and they will become comfortable with new people.
- Aussies are generally healthy dogs and can be expected to live up to 12 years or more, so ownership can be a lengthy commitment.