Last Updated on August 3, 2021
While they make wonderful pets, it is important for prospective owners to know the temperament and personality of the breed before adopting or purchasing an Australian Shepherd.
Australian Shepherd Temperament
While the personality of an Australian Shepherd will vary for each dog, they are generally highly intelligent and love being with people. Australian Shepherds are outgoing and friendly with people they know and sometimes shy around strangers. They love to interact with people and be involved with their human families.
Australian Shepherds need lots of mental and physical stimulation. They are a great dog for active and adventurous families. With energy to burn, it takes lots of exercise to keep Australian Shepherds happy, roughly 60 minutes per day. They love high-energy activities like Frisbee, chasing a ball, and agility
Due to their high energy and intelligence, Australian Shepherds will become destructive if they do not get the appropriate amount of exercise. If they are not stimulated enough, they will create activities to entertain themselves. Unfortunately, these activities are often not desirable and could be herding kids, chasing cars, chewing, or digging.
Australian Shepherds are not the right breed if you plan to let your dog run around in the back yard and then relax all evening. This will not be enough for these guys. However, if you are able to provide the exercise they need, Australian Shepherds are calm, well-behaved, and extremely loyal.
Australian Shepherds are often thought to need wide-open space, because of their herding origins. However, they are happy living in the city if they get enough mental and physical stimulation. They are better suited for homes with small yards and are not terribly happy in apartments. Keep in mind that these are adaptable dogs and if you are able to keep them active they will be fine in several living environments.
Australian Shepherds are very intelligent dogs with strong natural herding instincts. They love to solve problems and be challenged. This breed has the ideal temperament to work as guide dogs, hearing dogs, assistance dogs, and even search and rescue. In addition to the basic training and tricks you teach your dog, Australian Shepherds can do so much more and are eager to learn new things like picking things up, pulling carts, and opening doors.
Australian Shepherds love human interaction and companionship. They want to be included in all family activities and because they love active lifestyles it is easy to include them in just about every activity. Australian Shepherds love being outdoors and want to be with you for hikes, walks, and even trips to the farmer’s market!
Like many herding breeds, Australian Shepherds are protective of their families. They tend to be shy around new people and will watch for a while before engaging.
One of the most popular dog breeds, Australian Shepherds are smart, very active, versatile, loyal, and affectionate dogs, so it’s best to socialise your Australian Shepherd puppy early and frequently.