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Old 12-24-2011, 07:24 AM
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Originally Posted by banjomike View Post
For sure! I apologize for forgetting they come in red, too.

It's interesting that only red and black colors produce merles. Sable dogs, yellow dogs, and brown dogs never have merled puppies.

That's a very beautiful little dog!

no worries!!

those pictures are just random from google.....

my bailey is a red heeler mix..... single mask and a definite bentley on her head.... no idea what she is mixed with, though.....

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Old 12-24-2011, 08:46 PM
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I had one experience with an Aussie, and that was enough. Unless you are a exercise freak, stay away. I'm sure they can be a great dog, but their energy can wear you down.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:38 AM
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We paid $250 for our 6 week old Aussie purebred from some home breeders in Oregon. Our baby is now 2 years old and I wouldn't trade her for the world, but WOW, she was a really really hard puppy. Both of us had owned dogs our whole lives and were totally not prepared for what we had coming.

We also "lucked out" with a super Alpha female, which made it that much tougher. There were days when we cried and weeks we talked about giving her away. She barked and nipped no matter how much exercise she had, dug up our back yard, and destroyed several pieces of nice furniture.

All that said, she is the most AMAZING dog I've ever owned, and as a 2 year old she consistently wows people at the park with her obedience, intelligence, and athleticism. We worked hard on crate training her, and she spends our 9 hour workdays happily in her crate 5 days a week. She can do all kinds of crazy tricks - "get your blue ball" now "get your red cube. She is sweet, doesn't ever nip, and rarely barks unless provoked. For us, it was worth it, but GET READY
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:50 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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GREAT dogs for agility and dog sports...
Can be really high energy/ball drive/ toy drive dogs...in other words super annoying with out a job to do and enough exercise.

Generally a very sweet breed IMHO though and definately more trustworthy around kids than border collies generally are but they can have just as much energy in some cases.

Case in point my border collie will go to my friends with me and sleep peacefully on the couch while her aussie buries me in every toy in the house and stands there barking for me to throw something for her...the dog is 10!
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:00 AM
Location: North Idaho
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Wyatt McRiot is an Australian Shepherd. You should be able to bring up the tales of Wyatt McRiot with a very easy search here in the dog forum.

Wyatt "Crash" McRiot is a hard coat, so little grooming, but the show coat Aussies need a regular combing to keep them from matting.

As for what to pay for the pup, ask the people who are giving him up how much they want. If at least two, and maybe more, of that litter were given away, I take that to mean that there are no buyers for Australian Shepherds in your area, and "free" appears to be the going price.

By the way, Wyatt has had his second birthday and I am still waiting for him to grow up, settle down, and stop acting like a puppy who has been given too much sugar and caffeine.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:02 PM
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Guys, this thread is 3 years old. The OP is probably on the third Australian Shepherd already.
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