Australian Cattle Dog X
DoB: November 24, 2010
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ISSUES: Extremely shy with people, potential flight risk
Extremely shy, even with people she knows. Secure, fenced yard highly recommended.
JoJo seems to enjoy the company of other dogs especially younger dogs that want to play. She is not much for the game of chase & grab, like other herding breeds seem to enjoy but little games of "spook 'em" & light boxing matches are OK. She is not submissive with other dogs & is quite respectful of them. She is much more comfortable outside, with the right groups of dogs, & she will come up to my dangling hand & try to solicit a little play when I'm out doing yard chores. She loves to go for walks in The Outback and chase the ball but she will not push her way through other dogs to retrieve it.
So, from what we've observed, she likes people and wants to be part of the activities but she is not at all comfortable with being approached straight on or in a fast, brusk manner. She is not comfortable in confined busy/chaotic spaces but she is comfortable in her crate and out on walks. She likes the wide open spaces but if spooked, we're pretty sure she would bolt & disappear.
JoJo was owner surrendered because the owner was very worried that she was not providing the kind of home that JoJo could thrive in.
They had had her since she was 10 wks old & she was always shy & retreated to a corner if approached but never growled or snapped. Outside on their acreage, she seemed to be happy to go for walks & play ball. However, after a drastic change in the family dynamics & moving into the city, she seemed to become more withdrawn, less inclined to engage at all.