Check Out The Miniature Australian Shepherd Puppies For Sale Texas Families Love

By Marie Hughes

For most people pets are valued members of the family. Whether they are dog or cat lovers, these people can argue the merits of a certain breed over all the others for hours on end. When you decide you need to add a puppy to the family, and are looking for a brainy one with plenty of personality, you should check out miniature Australian Shepherd puppies for sale Texas breeders are offering.

Aussies, as they are known, are not from Australia at all. These dogs were bred in America to herd livestock in the western region of the country. There are many ranchers who still use the animals for this purpose today. Aussies are thought to be a mix of collie and some other type of shepherd imported with shipments of sheep from the Australian outback. The standard size dogs are still staples at rodeos working closely with the cowboys.

These dogs are used to being the bosses in the field. They may take that role in the household unless they have a firm hand. This is probably not a good dog for someone who has never owned an animal before or a person easily manipulated by a smart dog with an agenda.

Aussies are protective of their human families. It usually takes some time for them to warm up to strangers. Like all pets, they need early socialization to get them used to people. Training them as puppies will save a lot of headaches down the line.

Aussies are generally healthy animals, but as with all breeds, they are prone to certain conditions. When you're looking at puppies, you need to see a copy of the parent's health clearances, which will clear them for certain diseases and conditions. Aussies can be vulnerable to hip and elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand's disease, and hyperthyroidism. You should check the clearances for these conditions especially.

You might notice your puppy nipping and chasing the littlest of your children. This is your Aussie's way of herding what it considers its flock into a corral. You have to teach the puppy that chasing and nipping are not acceptable behaviors. These protective dogs make great pets for kids and will get along well with other animals in the household. A child should never be left alone with an animal however.

These are not hypoallergenic dogs. They will shed, especially in the early spring when their winter coats begin to come out. You have to groom your dog once a week at least, and more during the months of heavier shedding. Diluting conditioner and applying it to the dog's coat will make detangling easier. Puppies should only be bathed a few times a year.

The miniatures are especially adaptable to small spaces. They are content as apartment dwellers as long as you give them long walks. The dogs enjoy the company of their human companions. These are not dogs that do well on their own all day long. Always make sure you are dealing with a reputable breeder and not a puppy mill.

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