Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Jasper, Sure He Is Not An Aussie?

by Neil Coy
(Lexington, OH)


Perhaps he should not be in this group since his mother was a miniature and his father was a full size but here he is anyway. He is my third Aussie. After losing his predecessor five years ago, I was lost and the only puppies that I could find within a reasonable distance was of this mixture.

I lost my wife this spring and he is a very Velcro companion when I need it. He and his pal a Maine Coon male cat (13 years and 22 lbs) play almost every day. Once in a while he will 'yip' but I know it was a cat strike without claws. He is four years old but I'm not sure that he will ever not be a puppy. It always amazes me how large of a vocabulary an Aussie learns. Most of the time they seem to parse complete sentences. It is almost scary at times.

He is very smart but as with a lot of Aussies a very big stubborn streak.

Note from Anton: Hi Neil. Sorry to hear about your wife. I'm glad you had Jasper to help you. You and Jasper are absolutely welcome here.

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