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Constant Panting

My Aussie is constantly panting. She is also very timid. Is this a trait and is it normal?

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by: Anonymous

My aussie pants a lot because she is very active and gets overheated. As for timid - they are all different. You would have to check out the parents. My aussie's father was very timid and the mother was a sweet, sweet dog. Mine is in between. I have had only had one aussie and she is 2 1/2 yrs old. She is truly a jem. Very loyal to her people, is on guard all the time (seldom sleeps) and protects/plays with our lab (same age). She kills any animal that tries to get in the yard (except dogs). She has killed mice, moles, groundhogs, cats, birds, and rabbits.

by: Diane

I have often had this same question regarding Aussie's and panting.
Sadly I lost my beloved 4 year old Aussie to lymphoma a year ago July. He lived 7 months after his diagnosis. His vet treated him with chemo and herbs. Most of the seven months he felt very good, but was always panting. As a puppy we would have to put cold cloths on his head and keep the house very cool. His Holistic Vet said he has internal high heat and we tried everything to clear it without success.
We now have Jess our 5 year old female Aussie and she too pants all the time. She was a breeder dog and sadly has not had a very good life up until now 4 litters of pups and she is only five!
Been debarked even though the breeder denies this she cannot bark and has neurological trauma to her neck and hind quarters she too pants all the time and again we cannot clear the heat which her Vet said can cause problems. If there is anyone out there that has knowledge on clearing internal heat please share, she wakes up at night panting. I know panting can be pain and several other medical conditions, but she has been through testing and is often at the Vets sometimes weekly with multiple problems without resolve. Both of my Aussie's were and are positive for the MDR1 gene... makes me wonder if this is somehow connected.
My heart breaks for her as she never seems comfortable and is the sweetest little angel. As far as behavior both of my Aussie's have been wonderful. Jess is timid of dogs, but was attacked by one with one of her previous owners. We are trying to work on her fear issue, but at her pace.

by: Anonymous

My Aussie is a very good dog, 9 years old always afraid of storms and a lot of people stays by my side just get worried when he pants and shakes at times.

My Out of control Aussie
by: Lou

This is a different topic. Mt Aussie is 9 months old and constantly pants, but she looks stressed. We run her but it may not be enough. We can also be playing in the yard, then all of a sudden she goes in attack mode on me biting, barking to the point
I have to tie her off until she calms down. My wife and I are seriously thinking about giving her up, maybe she needs to be on a farm running. She is a lovable gentle dog otherwise. We also have a Dachshund which she uses as toy and we have had enough. Can anyone help us?

by: Blaine

we too have an Australian and she is 8 years old.
She pants constantly and it is annoying but we live with it as she is the most loyal dog I have ever seen.
He coat is so thick she should have been a lamb but we keep her cut down to about a half inch and that helps.
We also live in hot Arizona which I'm sure does not help and have been thinking about getting one of those kerchiefs that you put around your neck to cool you down.
We keep her in the house almost all the time because of the heat but let her out when she wants to go but then she just sits by the door wanting in.
She is a little chubby but other than that healthy as a dog can be....hopefully.
She is a terrible traveler as everything seems to scare her but she will ride all day long in my Jeep over all kinds of terrain and loves it...who can figure?
I wish some one would figure out why they pant all the time.

by: Anonymous


Where are you from? I may be able to help you! I know someone who raises, breeds and shows Aussies.

My email address is:

Please email me with your contact information, if you are interested in helping your dog! You may want your dog back if this lady can help.

She will run every test to see if it might be biological.



by: Anonymous

I've raised my Aussie from a pup. He will be 15 this year. I've approached my vet on some issues he has and it would be very costly to do these tests. He sleeps most of the time, only because of a move from a house to an apartment over past 3 yrs, so he does not get the exercise needed, so he lost muscle in back legs as well. His cannot walk far and trips and falls. He has been panting 24/7, as long as I can remember, worse over past year. The panting is loud and as much as I love him, it does wear on my nerves more as time goes on, and I get angry and cry. I'm afraid he might be in pain, for which the vet has given him pain meds. Do you know if this is known in the older Aussie breed? Any suggestions?

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