|Barked: Wed Oct 9, '13 6:24pm PST |
|I would say that Aussies are average to excellent off-lead. It depends on the individual dog, and the training, but off leash time is very doable. I've allowed my Aussie off leash in parks since she was a few months old. Now that she's 4, she'll heel at my side walking around the neighbourhood. They definitely like to chase, but again it's not intense enough that you can't work through it.
It depends on the dog, again. Now that mine has matured, she tends to get 2 30 minute walks a day on average (which involve ball, frisbee or off leash exploration), and maybe 1-2 days a week of longer bouts of activity (1-2 hours, normally). She's learned to settle fairly well. When she was younger she got a fair deal more. She was a tough puppy to tire out.
For your next question, again, it depends. The dog will adapt to your schedule, assuming its needs are met. When I bring mine to work she's great for half the day but for the second half she gets restless, but it's not often I bring her in. For rabbits, if the dog is raised with one I imagine it'll get along just fine.
Be clear with your breeder about what you're looking for. I find that some Aussies are stubborn, lazy and independent, whereas others are handler-focused, driven and have a good work ethic. Some are happy to chill out all day and go with the flow, where others are edgy, neurotic and aggressive. Get familiar with the lines and find a breeder who's breeding towards your ideal dog.
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