|Barked: Mon Oct 19, '09 12:49pm PST |
|I am a mini-aussie, came from a reputable breeder with champion dogs. She breeds for health, conformation and temperament. My mom did lots of research before she got me and found out these things. Some mini-aussies are very timid and lack confidence. Because they have become so popular, they have been over-bred by people who are not reputable and produce dogs with both health and behavioral issues.
My breeder likes the companionship quality of Aussies and focuses most of her selection on calm, sociable, healthy dogs. I've been in obedience training since I was 4 months old and started doing easy agility stuff when I was 7 months old. Some say that is too early, but I was shy and needed more confidence. I'm such a well-behaved, tuned in dog, that I'm now learning to be a medical alert service dog for my owner.
I don't herd, but probably would since I herd other dogs as play. I love agility. I have big aussie friends and they are really hyper, I'm not. If the ASCA doesn't want dogs like me to be included in the AKC, so be it. I think mini-aussies that come from reputable breeders are very cool dogs.
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