Is an Australian Shepherd a Good Family Dog?

Yes, an Australian Shepherd is a good family dog. They’re a loyal, intelligent, and energetic breed, so they fit in perfectly with families who enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle and who can give them the exercise and mental stimulation they need.

Australian shepherds make perfect companions for older children. However, as they were originally bred to herd cattle and sheep, some Australian shepherds may give in to instinct and chase small children or animals and nip them.

This behavior can be avoided with consistent training from puppyhood. The right socialization will help them understand that they can help protect kids – without herding them!