Australian Shepherd x Australian Cattle Dog
(also referred to as Texas Heelers)
DoB: May 2010 (litter mates)
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ISSUES: pull on leash a little; jump up for attention; not trustworthy around cats or rodents.
This group of seniors were surrendered by the owner's surviving children. The owner, who recently died after a long battle with bone cancer, had intended to re-home the dogs but did not get the chance & the adult children did not have the heart to re-home them while she was battling the disease.
These guys are big, fluffy, lovable sweethearts! They love people of all sizes and ages. They are very good around other dogs, although Cowboy seems to be the patriarch & keeps a wary eye on any full males that may be in the area.
They are all very food/treat motivated and they all like carrying around balls, squeaky toys, stuffy toys or shredding paper. They took to crate training no problem but BJ & Festus seem to be the escape artists, whether out of a crate or pulling up wire fencing or paneling & squishing underneath (especially if the feral cats are tempting them on the other side of the fence).
For their bulky size, they are pretty active dogs and if they lost any more weight, they would look funny. The 4 that resemble the Australian Shepherds have huge coats that will require regular grooming. Cowboy & Sally are wash 'n' go.
This crew is pretty happy go lucky and would be happy to be the center of your attention!
For more pictures of the whole group, please visit their photo album on our facebook page.
Cowboy is the patriarch of the group. He basically leads everyone else around & they take their cues from him. He is polite meeting any new dog but if another male thinks he's going to be boss, Cowboy will enlighten him.
Cowboy will dance in place for his food or treats. He gets so excited about eating. He LOVES his squeaky toys & will carry one around with him all the time. However, he will gut the squeaky if he takes it to his kennel with him so it is best to give him a chew toy or cow hoof to keep him occupied. He also likes to play with laundry, paper, things that can be shredded (bags of shavings)...
FYI...Runs much faster, & jumps higher, than you think he can, especially if he sees a cat or skunk.
Roper is the calm, mellow fellow of the group. Nothing seems to phase him. Meets new dogs very nicely & then meanders on his way. Likes to be part of the action but closer to the sidelines.
He also loves his food & treats & likes to chase down the squeaky toys as well. Not as keen to carry them around, squeaking them all the time & doesn't try to steal them from someone else. Roper's favourite toy though is to pull the clean dog bedding/towels off the railing & dragging it through the yard. So much more fun than a ball!
He also runs faster than you think he can when he sees one of the feral cats. However, he does not try to climb the fence after them - he only likes to jump up for attention from people.
Sally is very sweet. When Sally wiggles, her whole body joins in on the action! She loves everyone (except her sister) & ready to play at all times. Everyone wants to play with her, too. And she is very tolerant of others who play a little too hard or steal her squeaky toys.
Supposedly, Sally used to have a pet cat that she slept with in her old home. We are not sure if she really wants another one or if she would rather chase the feral cats down. She certainly knows when they are around, though.
So hard to think of these guys & gals as seniors. They certainly have a lot of spunk & get-up-&-go.