As everyone who frequents Ok Listen Here knows, we love Australian Shepherds around here. In this article I have decided to talk a little bit about the pros and cons of having an Australian Shepherd. Some of you might have already been considering getting one, some of you not so much. And for those of you who don’t like dogs, why are you on a puppy blog?
Okay so let’s start with the cons because I am hoping that the pros outweigh the cons but let’s see. First off, BE PREPARED FOR THE SHEDDING!!! Holy crap these dogs can shed so if you have an allergy to that or you just don’t like dog hair, this breed is absolutely not for you. Next, they are very high energy. This can be seen as a pro or a con depending on your lifestyle. As someone who loves to lay in bed all day, it’s not always fun to have to walk Memphis (our Australian Shepherd) 2+ miles every day. But if you live an active lifestyle, this is absolutely the dog for you. Okay so this next one might be a pro might be a con I don’t really know but it drives me CRAZY! These dogs are so dramatic! God forbid we don’t give Memphis enough attention or she goes wild and acts like she is dying.
Enough of the cons, it hurts my heart because I love my little pooch. So onto the pros. The first one is that Australian Shepherds are SO easy to train. They are very smart and able to catch on to new tricks very quickly. The second pro that comes to mind is that they are very gentle-natured, especially when it comes to tiny humans (toddlers and babies). Memphis has always been very gentle towards my baby niece and my sister, who has three Aussies, has never had any issues with her bunch being around the baby. That baby is their baby at this point. I don’t particularly know about others' experiences with Aussies, but I know that ours is very snuggly, especially at night when she’s sleepy. The last pro that comes to mind is that they have the best personalities! They let you know what they want, when they want it. Memphis will “growl” to get our attention or when she’s getting frustrated and it is the funniest thing.
All in all some Aussies are skittish, some are very protective but they are fantastic animals for families or for college students who need a companion. I 100% recommend getting an Aussie, just make sure you are able to spend the time with them to train them and exercise them!