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Aussie Owners help me out ..I need advice

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So we have been thinking of adding another dog to the mix and I was looking at maybe an Australian Shepard (Aussie) ....I guess I should tell you a bit about us.We live in a single family home about an acre yard totally fenced in (6ft in back 4ft around the front part)we currently have Boston Terriers 3 females and 4 children living in the home ages 3,5,9 and 11 years old all boys.I am a stay at home mom so working and time away from home is not a problem.My 11yr old has expressed and interest in having his own dog something all his (as in not a BT) a dog he can teach new tricks and maybe go into advanced obedience,rally or agility with.(We would be doing basic obedience anyway)

So my questions are

How active are Aussie's in general are they bouncing off the walls all day long ? How much exercise do yours require ?

How are they with other smaller breeds (and young puppies),How are they with other animals in general ?

How are they with children (remember my youngest are 3 and 5) ? Can they take alot of noise and running around ect ? Are they gentle with young ones ?

Are they escape artist's do they in general like to dig and get out and run ?

Do you see any differences male vs female ?

I see alot of breeders breeding mini and other types of Aussie what size range should a well bred Aussie range? and what health testing should I be looking for any breeder referrals would be great!!!
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We have an aussie, she is 5 years old and our second aussie. We are fortunate that she is pretty laid back, not high energy and not high herding drive - unless she is swimming and then she'll herd everything. We have two kids, two other dogs, two cats and a rabbit. While I love her to death and would get another aussie in a heartbeat, they are not for everyone. The previous poster brought up a lot of good points to consider.
We can't give our aussie an inch, she'll take it all and more very quickly. She has to earn everything every day. While she gets a lot of out time and running/wrestling with the other two she requires several extra walks/bike rides per day to really wear her out.
She is not an escape artist, she likes to be where her people are. THe more excitement and running around there is, the more amped up she gets. She's kind of like a pre-teen that doesn't know when to quit. She's great with our animals, she doesn't allow any other cats on her property. She's fine meeting other dogs, but again if they get all hyped up and crazy, she's going right there with them. She wrestles daily with our poodle mix and border collie mix puppy and has never hurt them, she's usually the one crying because they get too rough with her. She's very reserved with people she has never met before. Once she has met someone a few times, she is fine but not the most welcoming host to strangers.

To sum her up, she is an amazing dog. I love her dearly, but she has been an amazing amount of work and it's ongoing. My son is almost 13 and he is just getting to the point where he can work with her and she respects him and listens to him consistently. Before this she would "forget" to sit, "forget" that she isn't allowed to jump on people, etc with him. He was her playmate, not her leader and she would quickly take advantage of that with him and with anyone else that comes into the house and lets her get away with it.

Good luck with your decision.
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