|Barked: Mon Jun 3, '13 6:00am PST |
We've been told by quite a few people that Rigby definitely has some Kelpie in her, and after doing some research I've found she's got a lot of Kelpie traits
I have a feeling that I'm basically going to be echoing JT on all this, but I'll answer the questions as well
In the house, Rigby is a calm, and non destructive dog. And I've heard that holds true for many Kelpies. Almost cat-like in their behaviour inside the house. Rigby however is prone to some crazy zoomies and throwing her toys around if she gets a sudden spurt of energy whilst inside. Nothing too obstructive or damaging though.
Whats grooming like?
I never thought such an easy coated dog existed. Nothing sticks to Rig's coat. Mud dries up and flakes off in a matter of 15 minutes or so, burrs don't stick to her, and she doesn't mat up.
What sort of prey drive are we talking about, I have a good idea, but personal experiences are welcome!
Rig has a very focused prey drive, which from what I hear is a little odd for the breed. Squirrels, rabbits, joggers etc. don't phase her. However if she so much as sees a sheep on TV she's very intense. Great at fetch and disc though.
Any of the classic 'stranger danger' most herding breeds have, or are they people sluts? Being a people slut isn't something I generally find attractive.
Rig's a food slut, people? Not so much. However her background is unknown past that she was living as a stray for quite some time.
I too prefer my dogs to not be "people sluts" that's what geared me to a Border Collie and other herders over say, a Lab
How does yours behave with other dogs?
She LOVES intact males, especially herding or sporty ones. Has a very odd play style that looks a little rough as they jump on each other - and she likes to see how much of a dog's face she can shove in her mouth - but really isn't too bad.
Rig had some issues with other dogs around food, and around getting up on the couch when she's already there, but again between her past and her genetics who knows.
Scary smart, smart, or generally smart? Or dopey.
I'd say she's smarter than the "average" dog out there. Certainly no Cobain, (but he's perfect ) she picks up on things quite quickly. But she can easily turn around and act like a total dumb---
Velcro up-your butt dogs? or more independent?
Velcro to owner(s) but not totally up-your-butt. Something I've always liked about her is that she is just as happy laying in the other room away from me as she is next to me.
Are they goofy, quirky, or serious workers?
Serious. Rig acts like a goof 90% of the time, but when it comes to working, her switch flips and she's focused and serious.
As for sports?
Rigby is an EXCELLENT Disc dog. Unless I throw a wildly bad one, she will catch it nearly all the time.
We're working on agility with her, and I believe that she will one day have the confidence to do well at it. But as it stands she is not sure enough of herself to fully run or do obstacles to her full potential. We figure though that she will never be a gamble dog due to her needing to be close for direction.
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