Aussies are intelligent, confident, silly, and active. They have inherited most of the characteristics of a typical Terrier, which can be off-putting for some. They have a tendency to bark, chase and dig. They also love escaping and running away. They are bossy, stubborn and persistent. If you want a laidback and/or submissive dog, this breed is not for you. If you want a small yet effective guard dog, then this is a good choice.
It can act dominant so it is best to establish early that you are the pack leader. However, you will be pleased to know that it has an empathy towards the elderly, disabled and children. As with other dogs, close supervision is needed with young unruly kids. Learning can be easy for Aussies but repetitive lessons can become boring. Keep your trainings fun and challenging. Positive reinforcements will also help make trainings easy.
There may be particular pre-disposition when it comes to a breed’s intelligence and personality. However, environment, training and socialisation can also influence in raising a well-rounded dog.