Australian Shepherds are herding dogs so they require a great deal of room to run around and play. This usually means a large yard or field where they can get their needed exercise. An apartment or small, confined home would not be ideal for the Aussie Shepherd. However, given the proper training and exercise, Aussie Shepherds can live in almost any environment.
Although Aussie Shepherds have relatively long hair, they are not difficult to groom. They do shed an average amount so daily brushing and monthly baths will help to keep the coat clean. This number may change depending on the surrounding environment and how often they spend playing outside.
Aussie's should be introduced to soft puppy food at approximately 3 weeks of age. Dry or wet puppy food will suffice but dry food is less expensive and can help maintain better dental health. When the growth period for the puppy begins to slow at around 9 to 12 months, the Aussie can then be introduced to premium adult dog food.
In order to maintain not only physical health but mental health, the Australian Shepherd needs a minimum of 2 to 3 hours of daily exercise every day. Without this physical activity, they may become restless and noisy. Another important factor to keep in mind is the Aussie's intelligence. As part of the dogs daily exercise, make sure to include some mental activities such as obedience or agility training.