These medium-sized dogs tend to be a bit on the large side, and they are certainly strong. They are eager for daily play, exercise and other activity. They don't get upset if left alone but they do get destructive if bored. They are independent, and they are usually able to learn on their own.
The intelligence of this hybrid dog can't be underestimated; they come from two very smart parent purebreds. They know how to remain calm unless there is a real threat or other emergency. They also tend to understand the moods of people around them, and react accordingly.
Properly trained, these dogs are extremely loyal and devoted. As their parents are counted on for hunting or herding, they are also very responsible, and they take their protection duties seriously. They are not dog-aggressive, and around strangers are typically aloof.
The activity requirements for Australian Retrievers are significant. They need a lot of exercise as well as room to roam outside. If they are neglected in this fashion, they will become anxious, destructive, and uncontrollable. If you have a very active lifestyle, these mixed breed dogs are great companions.