ADOPTED! This little young Aussie’s name is Romero. He is a Black Tri Australian Shepherd and on the smaller side only 43 lbs. Romero is up to date on all his shots and is neutered. He has a playful demeanor with a sweetness that he just wants to kiss you with. He is a true Aussie that is a total Velcro dog and he will follow you everywhere you go. He is between 2-3 years old. He wants to play ALL the time! He is being fostered with another Red Merle Australian Shepherd male and would do well to have a playmate in his forever home because he has so much energy. He has never been crated in his foster home and has never chewed anything besides his toys and bones. He can chew a bone for hours! He is house broken, listens to his name, sits, gives paw and listens better to a whistle than to the “come” command. He is working on his “come” command with his foster mom. He is great in the car. He does not really play fetch, he just likes to get the ball and then chew it up or throw it to himself and play with it. He does not eat all of his food at once, he likes to eat at his leisure. He has been getting vegetables like carrots, cauliflower and broccoli as treats and is learning to enjoy them. He is fair on a leash, some extra training would be good.
He does try to dominate his foster brother a little, another Aussie but has never shown any signs of aggression or anything of the sort. He just wants to play. Our ASRM joke is that he has cute little ants in his pants. He will jump on you when you come home because he is so excited to see you, but he is learning the command, “Off” with his foster mom and is getting it little by little. He needs a little bit of training with his manners but he is a smart little guy with lots of energy, so he will pick up on training quickly and channel some of that energy. He has been around children and is great with them, but he does want to lick their face because they are on his level.
He is curious about everything. He is also protective and will alert you when there is someone at the door, in the yard or driveway. He wants you to know that there is someone that is coming that does not live there. He will bark at new people for about 5 seconds so he can tell them that they need to come play with him. He will not jump on the bed unless invited, but he will hop up on you on the couch.
He was given up by his first home and was to be euthanized because the family did not understand the breed. He is a herding dog and is protective. If you have children he will protect them and try to keep them safe in the yard where they are supposed to be. The director of the shelter saved him. He would do well in a home with another dog that has a good amount of energy and wants to play, if not he could get bored. A bored Australian Shepherd could be destructible. A home where he has a job and has a way to use that energy up would be good for him too. He plays all day long with his foster brother, Oz.