Australian shepherds are a working breed, possessing high energy, intelligence and the desire to please their master. They were bred to herd livestock during the 19th century. This active dog excels in competitive sports such as agility, fly ball and Frisbee. If you are looking for a quiet canine couch potato, the Australian shepherd is not the ideal breed.
Active, Alert and Vocal
Although each dog is individual, Australian shepherds are considered a noisy breed. They will bark at strangers, loud noises and other animals. Help your Aussie realize he does not need to bark at squirrels, thunder or a passing car. Australian shepherds tend not to be incessant barkers unless they are bored or isolated from the rest of the family. To help your Aussie feel happy and content, be sure to keep his mind and body occupied. Obedience training, playtime and long runs are ideal. Aussies require 30 to 60 minutes of intense exercise daily. The Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America points out that the mini Aussies tend to be relatively quiet unless they perceive a threat to their family.