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The following description is based on information from King's original owner, who had to give him up:
King is a very friendly, affectionate, and playful, 3 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix. He weighs 35 lbs. and is friendly when meeting people, children, other dogs. He is a wonderful, happy soul, who needs people who will give him the attention, mental and physical exercise, and affection he needs. Although he is playful, King is a moderate energy dog. He will require some training and structure to transition into a new home and as an inside and outside dog, again. He is definitely a gem, who just needs a little dusting off and polishing.
He is fine with cats, but if they run, he will chase. King likes to rush up to them, stop, and then either just look at them or give them a "woof" before trotting away. King is extremely smart, a quick learner, and very eager to please. He loves human attention and having his ears scratched. As a typical young dog, he loves toys, running and playing - especially playing ball, and chew toys to keep him busy. He tends to pull on leash in his enthusiasm to get out and take his walk. He knows sit and a few commands, and is good at minding you when you want him to do something, but has not had formal obedience training.
Based on seeing King with his original owner, we thought he had an easy, go-with-the-flow personality and would transition easily into a new situation. Although he is still a great dog, who is very friendly with all people, he is now a bit insecure. Since losing all his canine siblings, the owner he was bonded to, and his home, he has now bonded very closely with the Mom where he is currently living, and tries not to let her out of his sight. He has gone through a great upheaval in his life and the family in his current situation are trying to help him work through his issues as best they can.
King needed a new home, because his original owner had to move and could not bring any of her four dogs. In his first year of life, King lived inside, and was crate trained. However, due to a change in his person's living situation, King became a mostly outside dog, coming inside a few times a day during his meal times. King did not leave his yard very often. It was his own world and safe place, where he had the companionship of the other dogs. For this reason, although he loves to go out on walks and see the world, he is a little nervous and unsure of himself when out in public. Since he was the 'beta' dog in his pack, he is a bit fearful of strange new dogs who approach him. King needs socialization and exposure to new places and experiences, and to become more confident in new situations.
Since his original situation was a multi-dog household and his bond was with one woman, and he has now bonded with the only woman in his current situation, we believe that he would do best in a multi-dog home, with only one or two human adults. King is fine at respecting children who are 9 years old and above, but he sees younger children as creatures who should be subject to his supervision. King is also completely housebroken.
His confidence and personality is really starting to emerge now. He's not too mouthy. If you play hard with him - really wrestle - he'll start to use his mouth but has not been doing any heeling, yet. Sometimes he'll see his reflection in the windowed doors we have, or the fireplace doors and he'll growl and woof a bit. There's no food aggression.
Dutch is an Aussie shepherd and Dutch shepherd mix, weighing 41 lbs. He is still just a pup, probably between 8 to 12 mos. old. He is very friendly and playful with all people and all dogs. Dutch is a very happy guy with a calm personality. His tail wags non-stop! Although he loves to play, Dutch has a moderate energy level. He will sleep through the night on his dog bed, but would prefer to cuddle and curl up by your side if you tell him it's OK.
Dutch is very good with all other dogs, and good with cats. He is housebroken and is a pro at using the dog door. He is good at respecting kiddie gates. Dutch now walks well on leash, but pulls a little at first in his excitement to get outside. Because he is a very smart, eager to please and very attentive to people, we believe he will learn routines and pick up on training very quickly. At his foster home, Dutch has learned "sit," "stay," "back," and will come when called. He also is learning "off," "leave it," and "wait." Dutch rides nicely and loves rides in a car, and will hop in when you say "In the car."
He does NOT have any food or resource guarding. As a young dog, Dutch loves toys and balls, but is not obsessive about them. He enjoys playing ball and is learning to fetch. His foster Dad takes him and his foster canine siblings to the park, and Dutch loves the water and swimming. Dutch does like to chew, and will need a variety of toys and treats to satisfy his desire to chew. He is great in the house, but still being a pup he initially complains when you leave the house, but will calm down and be quiet again after a few minutes. He is usually very quiet, and will otherwise only be vocal and bark if he is in very excited play outside with other dogs.
He would do well in a home with another dog, will bond quickly with someone, and make a great companion. He has met children in the park and is very good with them. However, he is probably best in a home with older children, 12 and older, as he may see younger children as his siblings and treat them as he would another pup.