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betsy   

Hi Tint,

I don't post much in here these days, but have 2 Aussies - a 6 yo boy and 10 month old girl. They are a bit different in temperament, but both quite full on at times but then as I speak they are lazing around.

What I love about them is they are so happy and I love coming home at the end of the day to be greeted by such fun and enthusiasm. They also love training time and are quite smart. My older dog is very independent (read stubborn at times), whereas the younger one is a bit more biddable and wants to please.

If you do go down the track of getting an Aussie, I would strongly recommend committing to a couple of years (at least ) of dog training at a club - they really love it and it has helped me, a first time owner (although having dogs all thru my childhood) cope with some of the cleverness/drive of the breed.

As others have said, it is really worth speaking to a good breeder as there are a lot of variations in 'personality' - I had already thought about what I wanted in my second dog, and I was guided in the right direction by a good breeder.

Good luck!

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Koda will be 6 in May. I've been wanting to get a Std Poodle for a few years now, ever since I really got involved in the dog grooming industry. Being a dog groomer there are so many new things I'd like to try on dogs, but can't because none of my clients want it. So I wanted my next dog to be one I can clip and style, as well as be large, active and friendly - Std Poodle fit the bill!

I think Koda's tendency to be reactive put me off the breed a little bit... but at the same time I always come back to Aussies, I really do think they're my favourite, Koda is my heart dog. Next time around I'll just be super picky about where my pup comes from and what temperament it is showing early on - Which is exactly what I did with Finn, he's the most chilled out pup I've ever met, loves people and other dogs, not scared of anything and not high strung or hyperactive - Complete opposite to what Koda has always been like, he's always been a challenging dog.

I've met and know so many Aussies who have fantastic easy temperaments, so I don't think Koda is a good example of the breed when it comes to that. But despite all that, I'm biased and seem to think Koda is the best dog around... Next dog will probably be another Aussie for sure :)

Finn is gorgeous! After owning Ari (my Lowchen!) I am in awe of anyone that can take care of a high maintenance dog. While I adore Ari, his coat is not at all what I expected or what had been described to me. My fault - I should have been more specific and asked the direct question "how hard is coat maintenance if said Lowchen lives like a swamp rat, has at least a 60min off leash run a day and attacks aussies 24/7"... then the answer might have been a little more specific! haha! Poodles are another favourite of mine - I love their cheeky nature - but I think I'd go for a toy :)

I can totally understand your feelings about Koda. As much as I adore Ari he has not been an easy road, I wouldn't choose another one as my next dog, but I think I would definitely have another one (does that make any sense?!) haha! He is an awesome dog but NOTHING what I expected. With Koda, you have behavioural issues to deal with and then that completely changes what you 'expected' to do with your long awaited for dog too - so it's not an odd feeling at all. You are doing an amazing job with him!

I got this pic of Ivy and her dad Texas this weekend. First time we've met him and gotta say I love him :heart: Such a nice dog.

Texas is a dog that I just connected with the first time I met him. Absolutely adore him and his attitude is so much like Leo. I adore both litters I have had from him and I'm going back for more texas babies in the future (fingers crossed). His kids have all the drive and 'tude' that I want with the great temperaments to boot. LOVE him!

Lovely photo kdf - You just can't beat a stunning blue merle :love:

I don't remember how much i updated this thread on Koda's behavioural issues and progress but just over a year ago I saw a brilliant behaviourist, and ever since then he's got better and better. Granted, he will never be the kind of dog that loves socialising with other dogs, but life is so much easier with him now - Obviously to the point I could easily and safely add another pup to the family. And I can take him to work (Vet clinic) without him lunging and screaming at every dog he sees! He'll sit on a blanket on the floor in a room with up to 5 other dogs in cages and/or on the grooming tables and is totally relaxed :) This probably sounds like nothing to some people, but for Koda this is a massive improvement!

AS above - that is an AMAZING achievement and I'm so impressed with all the hard work you are doing with him. I remember when we first spoke about his issues. I would certainly be interested if you could PM me your trainers details please? I like to keep a bank of trainers that I can refer to if possible. Again - I haven't been on here much lately, but I have started my own referral behavioural service and so I'm always wanting to network and keep in touch with other trainers who I can work with and refer to. Getting Koda into a class environment is something some of my clients are unable to achieve so it just goes to show all of your hard work has paid off :D

Hi everyone, hoping you can help please? I'm throwing Aussies onto my short-list of breeds that I am considering for our first pup, so would like to speak to a few Vic breeders. Can people please recommend breeders in Vic they would happily get a pup from? This will be our first dog, so I want a breeder that I can count on to patiently answer all my dumb questions, and someone that I can establish a relationship with and hopefully keep in contact with. It's not really my style to meet breeder, get pup, never speak again.

Feel free to PM me if you prefer. Interstate breeders (Eastern States or SA) considered, although I would have to trust they would match a pup to us very well.

Thank you so much if you can help xx

Hi Tint - I'm not on here very often anymore, but I would be happy to help you in your search - if you PM me on here and then we can start emailing that would be great. Or contact me via website in the link below.

Nikki from Jadziah was really great too. While I was originally contacting breeders she spent the better part of an hour on the phone with me talking about the breed, about her dogs and about what I was looking for. She didn't have a litter when I was looking but I really appreciated the time she took for me.

Nikki is awesome :D

Thank you Scootaloo and everyone else :) I haven't spent a lot of time with Aussies, they are one of a couple of breeds I have narrowed down to, but I will be visiting the Club at the dog lovers show later this month. I haven't got my heart set on a breed yet, so if they aren't for us, that's ok. I am at home during the day while the kids are at school, so I feel I have the time to dedicate to training and exercise, but if breeders feel it may be too much for our lifestyle that's ok. I learnt a while back that I need to trust their opinions, and am happy to do so. Can't wait for the DLS!

DLS can be really busy and difficult to get detailed info because it is just SO busy. but it's an awesome start. I'd also suggest coming to an agility trial if you are keen - quite a few of us are Aussie breeders, and it's always a fun day out :D

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Finn is gorgeous! After owning Ari (my Lowchen!) I am in awe of anyone that can take care of a high maintenance dog. While I adore Ari, his coat is not at all what I expected or what had been described to me. My fault - I should have been more specific and asked the direct question "how hard is coat maintenance if said Lowchen lives like a swamp rat, has at least a 60min off leash run a day and attacks aussies 24/7"... then the answer might have been a little more specific! haha! Poodles are another favourite of mine - I love their cheeky nature - but I think I'd go for a toy :)

I can totally understand your feelings about Koda. As much as I adore Ari he has not been an easy road, I wouldn't choose another one as my next dog, but I think I would definitely have another one (does that make any sense?!) haha! He is an awesome dog but NOTHING what I expected. With Koda, you have behavioural issues to deal with and then that completely changes what you 'expected' to do with your long awaited for dog too - so it's not an odd feeling at all. You are doing an amazing job with him!

Thank you LP :) Trust me sometimes I think I'm crazy to have gotten a poodle while I live on a farm.... let alone a white poodle :o For now his puppy coat i pretty easy to maintain, but once that adult coat comes in, he'll probably get shorn except for some fluffy bits here and there so he still looks poodly :laugh: For now a weekly bath and blow dry with a light brush over does the trick :)

I've only ever groomed one Lowchen, he was a young dog (probably around 12 months old) and was matted solid from head to toe...he got shaved with a #10 blade all over. Fantastic dog though, gorgeous temperament! Are you keeping Ari in show coat? I could never keep Finn in show coat, he loves dirt too much... Also Aussie spit seems to be a permanent feature in his fur!

AS above - that is an AMAZING achievement and I'm so impressed with all the hard work you are doing with him. I remember when we first spoke about his issues. I would certainly be interested if you could PM me your trainers details please? I like to keep a bank of trainers that I can refer to if possible. Again - I haven't been on here much lately, but I have started my own referral behavioural service and so I'm always wanting to network and keep in touch with other trainers who I can work with and refer to. Getting Koda into a class environment is something some of my clients are unable to achieve so it just goes to show all of your hard work has paid off :D

Thanks LP, Koda really has come a long way over the past 12 months. He's still not perfect (probably never will be) but I'm still so proud of what he's achieved :) I'll PM you the behaviourist.

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Quinn's mum is Rozate :) And her dad is Mahteek, I didn't deal with Deidre (Mahteek) myself but she mentored Quinn's breeder and I'd happily recommend her.

ETA Quinn is Ivyblue, from Canberra. I'd happily recommend her breeder, he did a great job, but I don't know that he's planning any future litters.

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*kirty*   

From what I have seen, Kate (Rozate) has two distinct lines - working and show. I adore her show lines. ????

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MDD - yeah I found Ari's coat easy till he hit coat change - then it all 'changed' from there. He is a super dog, but I've decided that I'll stick to performance with him so he is in a pet clip now - sooo much easier :D

Looking forward to see what he brings to the performance rings though!

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LisaCC   

Nova is a Lanbart dog, near Yass NSW. His breeders are lovely, I keep in contact with them. I highly recommend them too. Nova is also a Texas baby too.

I've been told he got a good temperament mix of both sides.

I couldn't ask for a better dog, he's so smart, he'll pick up a new trick in one session. We're taking our time to enter trials but that's my fault, but we are officially entered in our first rally trials now.

And he has the most lovely temperament. Such a loving dog, rock solid too, I can take him into any situation. Although can act like a doofus sometimes.

If I compare him to my Labrador though he is not at all an easy dog, he definitely needs work to do and firm boundaries. But he's perfect for what I want at the moment.

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kdf   

Miss Maddie is 1 year old today! Can't believe how quickly the time has gone.

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poocow   

I've had 2 very different Aussies. Flynn is a Lanbart dog (Nova's uncle) - Trace & Stevo are great breeders and have now become great friends of mine. Flynn although he no longer lives with me was a really hard headed dog - great temperament, just cheeky when he knows he can get away with things, loves to push the boundaries. Monkey on the other hand is a really soft bitch and just wants to please - she hates doing anything wrong. Shes not a smart dog, but smart enough to be semi-competent at dog sports. Monkey is from Kinbrace in NZ - don't think she has any relatives in this thread as her dad is from the US and her mum only had the 2 litters.

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LisaCC   

I've had 2 very different Aussies. Flynn is a Lanbart dog (Nova's uncle) - Trace & Stevo are great breeders and have now become great friends of mine. Flynn although he no longer lives with me was a really hard headed dog - great temperament, just cheeky when he knows he can get away with things, loves to push the boundaries. Monkey on the other hand is a really soft bitch and just wants to please - she hates doing anything wrong. Shes not a smart dog, but smart enough to be semi-competent at dog sports. Monkey is from Kinbrace in NZ - don't think she has any relatives in this thread as her dad is from the US and her mum only had the 2 litters.

This is very Nova. If you give him an inch he'll take a mile, he needs very structured management when new things happen such as our recent move and new housemate, as he will take any distraction as a chance to push boundaries. But he's also a very smart dog. He offered a new behaviour the other day while waiting for his turn at training, completely unknown and untaught. Standing on two SIDE legs! I've captured it now and it's a new trick :D

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LisaCC   

Miss Maddie is 1 year old today! Can't believe how quickly the time has gone.

Happy birthday Maddie! A year already, it has gone fast!

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Nova is a Lanbart dog, near Yass NSW. His breeders are lovely, I keep in contact with them. I highly recommend them too. Nova is also a Texas baby too.

I've been told he got a good temperament mix of both sides.

I couldn't ask for a better dog, he's so smart, he'll pick up a new trick in one session. We're taking our time to enter trials but that's my fault, but we are officially entered in our first rally trials now.

And he has the most lovely temperament. Such a loving dog, rock solid too, I can take him into any situation. Although can act like a doofus sometimes.

If I compare him to my Labrador though he is not at all an easy dog, he definitely needs work to do and firm boundaries. But he's perfect for what I want at the moment.

He sounds so much like my Leo who I still miss every day. Such a goofball, so smart, mixed with a bit of dumb. Surprisingly can get away with a lot because they just 'look' at you in such a way that makes you go 'oh ok then..' hahaha!

Leo was Texas' uncle and his dad (Texas') is soooo much like Leo. Just love those lines.

And happy birthday Maddie!

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Hey Lisa, how old is Nova now? I have a feeling he's around the same age as Quinn (she was 4 in November), but it seems so recently that you were posting puppy pics! He does look so grown up now though.

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LisaCC   

He's younger than Quinn. Still 2, he'll be 3 in May though.

And LP it's amazing to hear he's anything like Leo, Reading about Leo helped cement that I do I do want an Aussie ????

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