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Juli - 2013-11-15
My first Blue Heeler was ACD registered and female. She was what I would call the perfect dog. Well behaved and loved everyone. She was protective of me and would attempt to bite only if she felt I was threatened. It took me ten years to get another Blue Heeler without feeling like I was trying to replace her. This time I bought a farm dog, not registered but certainly pure bred. He is very different from my first one. He is very aggressive with everyone except immediate family (this includes about 7 people), I mean he is even aggressive toward people he saw weekly when he was a pup. Doesn't matter if it is adult or child. He also a submissive/excited dribbler. pee pee pee....not as bad now that he is a year old but he still does it with most except me. I don't know what made him the opposite of my previous heeler and I should not compare but I thought I knew the breed from her behavior and he is similar in some ways but different in so many others. SO hardheaded. I socialized him as a pup and had family to include kids around him every weekend, took him to puppy class which he excelled (top of his class in obedience) except after that seems to be when the peeing started. I run him at least 2 miles every day if possible on the treadmill and play ball or Frisbee when time and weather allow. It sucks to have to lock him away every time we have company. Anyway, despite his attitude, I adore him and he makes me laugh. Like a comedian. My first heeler was always so serious and he is constantly being silly. Example...when I refused to play with him because I was watching tv one night, he kept shoving his toy at me and juggling it around in his mouth. I still refused to play so he put his toy in the toilet which I found after I went to the bathroom..eeeew. Any advice on if his aggressive behavior is a normal trait would be great. I am hooked again though even with his faults, I love him.

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  • Donna - 2014-05-03
    I have a female Blue Heeler who has the same characteristics as your male. She is extremely silly a good deal of the time. She is extremely protective of me but not so much my husband. She was also a submissive/excited dribbler up until about 2 months ago. She's now 20 months old. She is very leery of other people, even people she has seen since the day I got her at 6 weeks of age. I, too, have to lock her away when company comes over, at least for about 15 to 20 minutes. I started socializing her immediately upon bringing her home, but she still nips at these same people I socialized her with. From all the reading I've done on the breed, this seems to be normal behavior for the breed. My last dog was a Heeler/Border Collie mix, which the British Kennel Club recognizes as a McNab. She was a wonderful dog, but also leery of anyone outside the household.
  • Michelle - 2014-09-06
    I have a bullterrier that was a demon in the house. The dog used to pee where he wanted,digging holes, and also biting my furniture and clothes. I found a online training system which has taught me how to train very easily ; the change is a 180 degrees. This is the address if interested: www.theonlinedogtrainers.com
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Evan - 2009-04-28
I once had a sheperd. It died of heartworms, we gave it all it's shots too.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-10
    You don't give it shots for heartworms. They need the heartworm chew tablets every year just like flea and tick medicine every year.
  • lisa - 2011-07-27
    Heartworm are prevented with either monthly pill or monthly topical application - there isn't a shot... If you are using the proper prescribed meds for heartworm then you or your Vet should of contacted it manufacture..
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-17
    You should have given him heartworm preventative.
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-16
    Heartguard is a toxic to them. Interceptor is what they take for prevention of heartworms.
  • Racelle LaMar - 2014-07-25
    Ivermectin at high doses can be toxic in breeds such as collies, that being said- it is dose dependent. The dose in Heartgard is well below the dose which will cause issues and is not a problem.
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Jason - 2014-06-15
My ACD keeps running away and I'm not sure what to do. I'm pretty sure she needs more excircise. Also she has become very aggressive towards my nieghboors and turning my other dog aggressive. What age does an ACD mellow out?????

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    I'm not sure they do mellow out. They were bred as work dogs for herding and they do best if they have a 'job' to do. From what I've heard about them, if they don't have a job or get plenty of exercise everyday, they can begin to display disruptive behaviors. Sounds like your guy needs more activities, which will keep both him and you happy.
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Joan Brundage - 2014-05-28
We adopted a Smooth collie mix---he is just lovely! Just a little bit stockier than a purebred. We've never had a collie before so I'm wondering---do Smooth Collies like to hunt rabbits? He is mesmerized by rabbits, not birds though. And he hardly ever barks except to let us know he wants to go for a walk---and that's a short commanding bark. He also tries to sing with me when I sing and have a voice lesson. He is VERY vocally expressive. When strangers come to the door, he doesn't bark but stands with me. I'd appreciate any knowledge you'd like to share with me about Smooth Collies you've known and loved. Thanks.

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someone - 2009-12-15
I have 3 shetland sheepdogs and they are my life. One is 3 and his name is chance, one is 5 and his name blazer, and one is 5 months and her name is flicka. They are all so smart and I show them in obedince and agility. They are the best dogs I ever had, I will always have shelties...

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  • Diego - 2010-07-13
    Hi . . . . Um. . . . those are like really cool dogs. LOL! Party like . . . Shetland style! Like justin said. . . Boo cockers!
  • angel - 2014-04-24
    OML SUCH A CUTE DOG !!!!!! I want one sooo bad.
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Cat - 2014-03-05
My dog's was Dora the explorer and she lived up to that name but she never strayed very far, came when called and she was my first dog and I loved her to bits. You'll always be in my heart dora my baby girl I love you.

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jackiek - 2013-04-08
Hi, I'm considering adopting an ACD puppy (cross between ACD & ASD)- 6 weeks - and we're pretty certain he's deaf. We already have a 3 year old Sharpei-pug cross and we're a family of myself and my two kids, 10 & 12. For sometime I've been considering getting a second dog. Company for our dog Honey, because she's alone in the house for the larger part of the day while we're at work or school. And we've just been offered this ACD puppy so I've been doing a lot of reading. I'm a little concerned about how the two dogs will interact, but I'll suggest a trial weekend before committing. Does anyone have any stories or suggestions for integrating an ACD puppy into a household that already has a dog? Some stories I read seem to suggest they can be a little aloof. I also want to be sure that we're the right family for him. We love dogs, but this breed seems to demand a lot of attention and I don't want him to be bored - I'm thinking my two kids will help with that. Are these 'one person' dogs or will they follow commands from multiple household members? Honey is very active, and protective of us and our home - she goes crazy if she sees someone passing the house. She is ok in general with other dogs, but has been known to be aggressive when she meets strange dogs when we're out for a walk. She does have issues with separation anxiety, which seems to have improved over time as she realizes we always come back. I am also worried that if we don't take this puppy he will be put to sleep. Thanks in advance for your comments, advice!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-09
    It's really great for you to consider adopting this very special puppy. I very much like both the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd, and the mix could be a real interesting pet with a blend of the characteristics. My take from the behaviors and temperament of these two is that the puppy would be an active herding dog that is also a good family dog, and could probably be integrated into a home with another pet. Though the ACD part is less likely to want another dog around, the ASD part is more adaptable to other dogs. The Pug/Shar Pei mix should be tolerant, if socialized properly with the new puppy.  And because it is a puppy ('baby'), the chances of socialization are even better. Puppies are usually most adaptable. Honey is older, but is also a smart dog. She will most likely not only recognize it as a 'baby', but will also recognize the disability... and so may become a caretaker in a sense. At least... that would be ideal and  in my opinion the chances of acceptance are good. Also Honey does need some exercise, and though not as active as the puppy will be, this new friend could help with her activity needs and offset boredom. Good luck!
  • Peggy Rae Brock-Torpey - 2014-02-08
    I have three heeler/aussy shepard mixes....I've found my older red female immediately went to momma mode with her neice...when Jesse Rae passed I was given then 'found' (a puppy 3 months just showed up at our fence) two puppies. So I've had to give each their equal attention or they all were starting to get jealous... and when I interacted with each I did it with the others there....these were all family seems to work...all have different personallities and it hasn't been easy but making sure they know they all get individual and group love has calmed the snarling...hope this makes sense...please rescue this pup!
  • Mary Kay - 2014-02-27
    I would not bring in a Cattle Dog if your dog has displaced anger. Getting hyped up when someone walks past your home will start a fight. Your little dog will lose with an ACD. They can be small in stature but are like bulls & made of muscle. My chihuahua snapped at my Cattle Dog yesterday & he attacked her. Multiple punctures by the time I got from one room to where they were. He would have killed her if I wasn't home. All the books say they do not play well with others. He is generally very sweet & aloof. He is deaf. Whatever triggered it now has me living in fear & not allowing them to ever be alone unattended.
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Dorothy H - 2014-01-29
I am adopting a Belgian Malinois soon . A beautiful male . He was a Navy pup in training but went on to a breeder. So he has been trained very well. I already love him. I do plan on having him be a stud because he is not fixed and he has excellent blood lines. But no cross breeding.

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jaime bihasa - 2010-07-09
Is it fine that I mate my pure belgian malinois to labrador crossbreed? By the way I already mate them, I have already 9 puppies, and it is more on belgian looklike.

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  • Abbas - 2012-02-02
    Hi I am from Pakistan. Any one tell me how to care of belgian dog. I have one belgiam dog. Conntect with me plz Abbas2661@yahoo.com
  • GANSHAYSINH - 2012-06-30
    I am from india. i am also a one lover of Belgian Shepherd. Sir, I want to know from where did you buy Belgian Shepherd? I send you the link of Belgian Shepherd in which they wrote about what to feed the puppy. You can contact me on 09724711010
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-02
    Hey how you doing my name is ashwin very interested of finding a mate for my dog his name is AJ. He is a male he about two years old
  • andrew - 2013-10-30
    i will take him or outhier ones
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Nan'c Hedge - 2013-06-09
  Scooter was adopted from Saving Grace in Wake Forest Raleigh NC on / or about April 2008.  Scooter was found wandering down the highway near Wake Forest.  If this is your dog, you are definitely missing her.  She has been the smartest dog we have ever had.  We believe she is part Beauceron/ Shepherd.

She already had lots of training or she was extremely smart.  Best guard dog and friend we have ever had.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-09
    What a cutie!... Scooter's not my dog, but I sure with he was, he looks so great and sounds like a very cool dog to have.
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