Good Exercises For Your Australian Shepherd
Despite its name, the Australian Shepherd is actually not from Australia. Actually, it is believed this breed originated from herding dogs in the mountains of Spain and France. (There are several theories, but it is not really known how they came to be known as “Australian”). The breed was really formally developed by farmers and ranchers in the United States starting in the 1920’s. Often called an “Aussie”, these dogs were often used as performance dogs as well.
- medium-sized, lithe, muscular dog
- long and athletic build
- medium length coat
- highly intelligent and highly trainable
- strong work drive, loves to have a job to do everyday
- loyal, wary of strangers but not aggressive
- loves to play and have fun, great with kids
- strong prey drive, may not be good with smaller animals
- lively, high-energy level
Suggested Exercise Plan
Australian Shepherds are easy-going dogs, but they really do need an active lifestyle. This is a breed developed for working long days on the farm. Without daily exertion, they can become anxious or destructive of both.
- an hour brisk walk
- two 30-minute sessions in the yard of active play and/or training
Things To Note