Australian Shepherd Pros and Cons

If you don't like exercise ...
If you don't like a whirlwind of activity around you ...
If you don't like expectant eyes upon you whenever you put on shoes or pick up keys ...
If you get irritated by toys shoved in your lap all the time ...
If you don't want your arm to go numb from throwing ...
If you don't like company in the bathroom ...
If you don't like being firm ...
If you don't like dogs in your house ...
If you don't like hair on your floors ...
If you can't stand barking, even for a good reason ...
If you expect your dog to love everyone he meets ...

Don't get an Aussie!

But,

If you want a dog that's also your best friend ...
If you want a dog that's up for fun any time you are ...
If you want a dog that's protective without being aggressive ...
If you want a dog that's easy to please and always sees the bright side of life ...
If you want a dog that thinks helping you is fun ...
If you want a dog that's a good and trustworthy companion for your kids ...
If you want a dog that gets along well with others, including cats and other pets ...
If you want a dog that's cuddly but not clingy ...
If you want a dog to spend time outdoors with ...
If you want a hiking companion ...
If you want a versatile dog that you can compete with in many types of canine competitions ...
If you want a dog that's not high maintenance ...

Then get an Aussie!

D. Caroline Coile Ph.D. Australian Shepherds (Barron's Dog Bibles) (2011) 10    See our "Links and Books" tab for ordering information