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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 just started with a 7wk pup from a reputable breeder we know. We were able to watch the parents, and get our pick from the litter, so that helped as well. As everyone else said before, they are very smart, and full of energy. Unless you have them working on a task or give them a game to play, they will most likely take that energy into digging or running around the house with the toilet paper in their mouths as it flies off the roll...but once we tire out our pup, he flops down and crashes hard for a few hours.

If your kids are well behaved around dogs, and you teach them to not reinforce bad habits (like chasing after the pup), then I think you will have good success, especially with the land you have available. I think like the other poster above, your Aussie might end up being your responsibility after a short time, but if you dont mind, they are great dogs, but require a little more effort in the beginning while you are training them since they do have so much energy.
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