You may never have heard of the Bossie! This is because it’s a mix between the Boston Terrier and the Australian Shepherd. Because of this, it’s hard to predict exactly what your dog will look like, since the two breeds look so different! Boston Terriers, for example, have a short coat whereas Aussies have a long one. They also come in completely different colors and many hope for a merle coat with this cross, since both blue merle and red merle is naturally occurring in Aussies. Ultimately, there’s no way to tell for sure until you see the puppies.
The main thing to watch with these dogs is the herding! If their Aussie side is strong, they may be herders, which means they may be prone to nipping at ankles or small children. Teaching the “leave it” verbal cue is vital in this instance, though it may take many months for it to become reliable. Have patience and stick with positive reinforcement — you have an incredibly intelligent dog on your hands, so they’ll get there! It may just take some time.
Their intelligence is what makes them a great companion. Despite their high-energy, they can also get along with other dogs and cats. Just make sure to be careful and take introductions slow.
The Bossie – A High Energy Dog
Although they can live in an apartment, it’s not ideal, as you’ll have to take them for frequent, long walks to truly wear out that energy. Having a fenced-in backyard helps, as they can run themselves ragged and that’ll help have them collapse at the end of the day and sleep well!
Although they’re intelligent, that stubborn streak might shine through during training. Expect some regression in the later puppy months but remember, if you’re patient, it’ll all be worth it. The Bossie is a wonderful friendly dog to own.