Jet (ADOPTED!) is a very friendly, happy, playful, and quiet young female. She is the best combination of a Lab and cattle dog mixture! She has the compact body and shape of a cattle dog, but her head, color, and much of her body language is very Lab-like. Jet weighs 52 lbs. and we estimate that she is 18 to 24 months old. She adores human attention and very much wants to please people. Jet is still has the happy and excitable personality of a young pup, and as such, needs someone who is willing to work to teach her appropriate behavior and manners in different situations. She is, on average, a moderate energy dog, who runs and plays all out for an hour, and like a human child, once told to stop and rest, she will realize she is tired and flop down. When anyone approaches her, she lowers her head and wags her tail sheepishly, often dropping to the floor to go belly up at your feet. Once she feels safe, with people and/or in a situation she trusts, Jet is very social, hurrying to greet you, be by your side, and rolls over for pets. She loves meeting and playing with other dogs, but her favorite thing is being with people.
Jet’s foster mom says her personality is very much Lab. If you give her toys to play with, she likes to carry a toy in her mouth as she greet people or just walking around, happily wiggling her tail and butt. Jet also has several cattle dog traits in her, including being very much a velcro dog. She is very focused on knowing where her foster mom is, and almost literally being in her shadow. Also, when she actively plays with some dogs, she may sometimes try to go for their heels when chasing, and we heard the high pitched stress bark of a cattle dog, when something exciting was happening that she could not participate in. A trait that can be either Lab or cattle dog, is Jet's love of balls. At first, when excitedly discovering a ball, she proudly brought it to her foster mom, who threw it for her to chase. Instead of running after it, Jet looked at her in surprise, as if to say, “I just brought that to you. Why did you throw it away?!” Now, she loves to catch and chase the ball, but still doesn’t bring it back. She does not like going into a crate, but if forced to go into one, she will sit quietly. She much prefers to be right at her person’s side, where she feels happy and safe, and be part of whatever is happening. Jet is completely housebroken and walks like a dream on leash. She tends to walk a nose behind your knee. As a young, playful dog, if she has not been exercised, she may initially pull at the beginning of a walk, or if she sees a squirrel or another dog she wants to meet. If you tell her to walk in a different direction or to leave something alone, she is very easy about coming with you.
Jet is equally easy and super responsive around children as she is with adults, as long as they don’t scare her. She tends to be very quiet, even when excitedly seeing other dogs she wants to meet. She will wag and pull to meet and play with another dog, but doesn't make a sound. As she is gains confidence, we are seeing that, while she is very submissive with all people, she attitude concerning other dogs. Recently, when meeting another larger dog, she sniffed in a friendly way to meet, but her tail started in an upright, confident position, before wagging. While she is friendly with and enjoys playing with other dogs, if an aggressive dog lunges or snaps at her, Jet will defend herself, rather than be a victim. When she is in a yard and hears or senses other dogs or activity on the other side, she will bark a few times when she hears the activity. She will also alert you if someone is near the house. With cats in her foster home, Jet initially followed them around, looking for an opportunity to interact. We were watchful, as she followed them and tried poking them with her nose. We believe she was trying to get them to run and play with her.
Our girl was considered “not adoptable” by the shelter because she was fearful in the shelter, but otherwise was considered the sweetest, friendliest, most gentle girl. Jet can be initially shy and cautious in unfamiliar, new situations. If she is with people she trusts in a fun situation, she may feel secure, happy and playful, but if in a new unknown situation, she may be cautiously alert and give out a sheepish, insecure (but not threatening) woof at an approaching person who she is unsure of. As a young dog, Jet will need people who will provide her with the love, training, and regular exercise that she needs. With a basically shy personality, she would do best in an active, yet calm situation, where she can feel relaxed and secure. Going to new places with her people and being exposed to new places and experiences will help her to slowly continue to become more confident. Jet would do very well in a multi-dog household.