Australian Cattle Dog
DoB: December 31, 2012
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ENDEARING QUALITIES: Very affectionate with people, always ready to go, loves food, always seems to be in a good mood, crate trained.
ISSUES: can be very rough when playing with other dogs (especially small or female dogs), hunts cats (does not just chase them).
Pepper is full of PEP! We would recommend a dog sport home with NO cats, NO small dogs &/or NO small pets for this girl.
She has really trimmed down into a well muscled athlete. She would love to do something like agility. She's very athletic & just a very bouncy, very happy-go-lucky gal who likes to be with people. She does, however, have all the crazy cattle dog traits - jumping up as you are bending over, laughing at you when you're mad, darting away when you want her close, stubborn, fearless, annoying bark - the list goes on. She is no couch potato!
She likes a ball & toys but is not overly drivey about them. Matter of fact, just about anything that is moving will distract her from that fetch. So probably not a flyball prospect. She does like her food, though.
Even though she does get along with other dogs, she is easily over stimulated by their movement or the activity around her & then the typical heel grabs come in. No one likes to be grabbed while they are playing & she has not learned to respect them yet when they tell her to back off. Like cats, small dogs are too much of a target for Pepper & what might start out as play for her, escalates quickly when they try to defend their back end.
Pepper was transferred to us from the Wetaskiwin Animal Clinic. Acting as the local pound, the clinic had adopted her out but she had been returned because of issues with the family chihuahua.