Is the Australian Shepherd the Right Breed for a First-Time Dog Owner—With a Newborn Baby?

by Jason
(Essex)


Hi all. I am in need a bit of help and advice. I am looking for a first-time family-friendly dog and I am massively taken in by this beautiful breed of dog and was not sure if this dog is the right dog for us as we are expecting in September.

Will this dog be okay around a newborn and me being a first-time dog owner, would this be the right choice of dog?

Thanks, Jason.

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Good first time dog
by: NINJA

Aussies are quite stubborn, a little hard to train in the first place, but if you are firm yet kind when training that shouldn't be too much of an issue. Try going to reputable breeders and playing with the dogs before you buy one which you think will suit you best. I recommend getting the most laid back one, as newborn babies can be a big hassle, and Aussies are demanding dogs. They need lots of excercise! They also like to have a job to do. The easiest one is probably watchdog. Though, if you live in an apartment, then this may not be the dog for you.

You could also get a Mini Aussie, as they need a little less exercise than the full size ones.

All in all, Aussies are demanding dogs that when bought, you have to make a commitment to. If you don't think you can handle the stress of a dog and a crying baby, then another great alternative is a Cavapoo. They are adorable and fluffy, and love to be around kids. They love nothing more than to cuddle up with you, and I sleep in bed with mine all the time! They do like an occasional run, but they don't need too much.

I hope you make the right choice! Good luck!

5 mo old Australian Shepherd and a toddler
by: Anonymous

I have a 5-month-old Australian Shepherd and a 21-month-old child and I’ll say it’s a full-time job for two people, especially with the kid out of daycare and doggy daycare shut down. He’s an awesome dog and making fast progress towards becoming a polite family member, but it takes a lot of time and patience, both of which can be in short supply when there’s a newborn or toddler around.

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