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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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I have had 2 Aussies in the last 20 years. Both were neutered males. My first passed away 5 years ago; the second one is 5 now. Very different personalities but "one person" dogs. They got (get) along with others but definitely "my" dog.

Both dogs came to farm with me where there were kids and got along just fine with them. The kids would take them out in the fields and run them, jump "jumps" with them and play ball. The one I have now is totally ball fixated. He would play ball until he dropped dead, if I would let him.

Both dogs were trained not to herd the horses although that took some time. Both dogs were (are) extremely smart. They watched TV, knew the names of their toys and would fetch them, the one I have now does some agility.

My first dog "loved" his stuffed toys. The one I have now pulls the stuffing out to get the squeaker and then carries the "dead" carcass around with him. Both dogs needed a job and regular activity although they could be a couch potato too. Just not all the time.

I have seen a difference between male and female. The females I know are more protective. Both dogs were (are) friendly towards strangers but a bit aloof. Get down on their level though and be prepared for big, sloppy doggie kisses.

I think Aussies make great family dogs provided they get the exercise and attention they need. And make sure you give them a job!
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