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Is An Australian Shepherd Right For Us?
Sorry if I'm in the wrong place. If not, I'm looking for advice from Aussie parents. My eldest daughter (16) lost her best friend (a 14 year old small mixed breed dog) last summer. She is ready to start the search for a new fur friend.
My dog is a 5 year old rescue Standard Poodle who is a therapy dog. He was supposed to be for my 16 year old because she has anxiety disorder. He loves everyone in the house but picked me as his person. I don't know why but he is my constant shadow and the best dog I've ever had.
My youngest daughter (9) has a loving but hyper two year old Yorkie that was being rehomed by a family in our church because he was way more active than they wanted. He has proven pretty difficult to housebreak, but otherwise a smart little fella who loves to be toted around.
We have about 20 acres of land out in the country - non fenced. We hike, jog, and camp a lot. We need an active dog that would enjoy hiking and jogging alongside us, but one that is loving and likes to spend all it's time with it's people family.
A student of mine is having to rehome her 1 year old miniature Australian Shepherd she loves dearly. They live in town in a small house with no yard. Mom says he needs a family that has more time for him and more space.
I've never been around Aussie's and don't know anyone personally that has one or has had one. We are going to go check him out tomorrow to see how he interacts with the girls. If it works out, it would be a win win situation because I have the student for 3 more years and we live in a small town so she could visit him and maybe he will be the best medicine for my 16 year old that is lost without her dog.
Just looking for advice on Aussie's and whether one might be a good fit for us.