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Old 11-18-2009, 04:00 PM
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I'm looking at adopting a 1.5yr old Golden Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix (don't worry, it's from a shelter and not some designer dog called an Australian Retriever or Gopherd or something even more ridiculous). Anyhow, he seems like a really sweet dog, is well trained, and is a great size (approx 40 lbs), however, I'm worried that he will be excessivly hyper due to being part Aussie. He doesn't seem hyper when I visit, but could this change once he gets home? I will definitely be excercising him plenty but I don't think I could keep up with the energy of a Border Collie, for example.

Has anyone ever had experience with this mix? Any other advice would also be appreciated. Also, I'm an experienced dog owner but this would be my first time adopting an "Adult" dog.

Thanks all.
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Old 11-18-2009, 04:48 PM
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I love adopting adult dogs! They are just so grateful to have a good home and they become fanatically devoted to you. I've been doing this since 1980 and never had a problem, although some needed a few lessons. Can't answer about the breed, sorry.
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Old 11-18-2009, 04:55 PM
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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from my limited knowledge of both breeds, they can BOTH be pretty high energy..... but the good side is they can both also be very smart and easy to train.... the aussie-side may be a little more hard headed than the golden side.....
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:23 AM
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we have had AS in the past and once they are past about 3 years old they do mellow. I think mixed w/ the GR you will have an amazing dog
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