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Australian Shepherd Temperament

Updated on July 3, 2012

Like many types of dogs Australian Shepherds personalities vary from dog to dog. Although some Aussies can be shy while others are outgoing a few personality traits are constant throught Australian Shepherds: they are extremely smart, loyal, and want to please you. These traits easily make Australian Shepherds great dogs for families/

Personality traits commonly found in Australian Shepherds

Australian Shepherds are a highly intelligent breed of herding dog. They were originally bred to work on ranches and excelled at there tasks on the farms. Because Australian Shepherds were bred to do a job they are almost overly eager to please their owners. Australian Shepherds want to be with their owners at all times. An Australian Shepherd is not a good dog to have if you simply want a dog who will be content laying in the corner of your apartment all day.

It is important to give your Australian Shepherd ample opportunity to exercise. You need to also make sure that you are mentally stimulating your Aussie because they were bred to think and perform a job. If you do not give your Aussie a job to do they WILL find one which may be herding your children or present in destructive behavior. The job you give them can be something as simple as getting the paper or even herding and watching your children, they will eagerly perform any task you give them.

Australian Shepherds are extremely loyal and attached to their families although most of the time they are suspicious of strangers, however when they see that their owner accepts the stranger they will generally warm up to the person quite quickly. It is very important to socialize your Australian Shepherd when it is a puppy with humans and other dogs alike so they do not become to shy.

Although when around new people and in new environments your Australian Shepherd may seem apprehensive they are still alert. This breed was bred to be able to analyze situations and respond accordingly independently.


Like stated earlier in the article Australian Shepherds are extremely intelligent and eager to please. Aussies will quickly pick up on new training anfd tricks. However like other intelligent breeds it is important to start training your Aussie as young as you can so they can focus thier energy into constructive behaviors.

How does your Aussie Act?

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      Leah Wells-Marshburn 5 years ago from West Virginia

      It was so easy to train my Australian shepherd. She is amazing, and I wouldn't have any other dog. She plays frisbee like a champ and learns any trick I teach her with ease. She sits, lays, stays, waits, spins, rolls, begs, prays, rings a bell to potty. Anything and everything. When I cry, she puts her head on my shoulder. She really is the best girl in the world. But, like you said, she does need exercise. Anyone considering an Aussie needs to have enough time and energy to exercise the dog regularly.