|Barked: Sat Oct 20, '07 1:08am PST |
|We've had several cattle dogs when I was growing up, and they are my favorite. I will probably never have another breed.
They are extraordinarily smart, and must be mentally stimulated or else they will create their own fun. Tillie pruned all the low branches off of our fruit trees in the yard the first few months she was here. She also destuffed all of our seat cushions, the backyard swing cushion, all squeaky toys, and if so much as a paper bag was left within reach, you could count on it being shredded into bits. Our lawn looked like it had snow on it from the debris field created by Tillie at 10 months of age.
High energy...definitely! The perfect dog to take jogging with you. They can go all day and never seem to get tired. Then when you get home, they crash. Even then, your typical walk was not enough for her...so I bought her a backpack and put water bottles on each side...that helped quite a bit.
They are tough dogs, and handle bumps and bruises extraordinarily well. They are very resilient. I've seen them get horribly kicked by a cow, and then just come back for more. Fearless.
That being said, they are such rewarding pups to own. They are typically a one person dog, and loyal to the end. People have told me they are hard to train because they are stubborn and have their own agenda...but that has not been my experience. Tillie and I can walk down the street off leash without incident. On hikes off leash, she tends to wander, but always comes when she is called. She definitely likes to know where her human is at all times. She is so willing to please, and learns very quickly. She sticks to me like glue. She gets along well with everyone, but if she is in her yard, she becomes very territorial. While she is very people friendly, I don't doubt for a minute she would protect me if I was in danger.
I would recommend if you get one, get one that is on the young side and socialize him/her right away. I adopted Tillie at 10 months of age, and immediately began taking her with me everywhere, exposing her to as many different situations as possible. As a result, nothing really phases her. She even likes to watch fireworks.
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