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Ann Punton - 2011-05-15
I would recommend the rough collie as a great family dog. Here in Scotland our rough collie males are on average 24 inches at the shoulder. Our dog Elvis is the sweetest natured dog you can imagine and we love him to bits. He is also a very beautiful sable and white dog.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-15
    Sounds like you love your puppy. Of course, I would love any puppy named Elvis. He has to be my favorite. Seriously, I love the collies.
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Anonymous - 2013-01-11
How about a pyrelli name for the collie-pyrenees mix?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-01-11
    Great idea!
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Anonymous - 2011-04-27
I adopted a puppy almost 3 months ago. Her mother was a blue heeler and the vet thinks her father to have been an australian shepherd. This dog is very sweet and loving and loves my family. I have two small children, ages 2 1/2 and 5 and she is great with them except when she sees them running and decides to run after them and "herd" and nip them. This dog is very bright and learns tricks very quickly. But she is extremely energetic. She must be crated while I work for about 4 1/2 hours a day. I exercise her for 30 min. 1 hour in the afternoon, which is all I can do. Before she gets her exercise she is digging my yard, grabbing things off counters and tables, and chewing anything she can get. I can't leave her unsupervised for more than a few minutes at a time. She has tons of chew toys and my older Golden Retriever to play with, but gets into constant trouble. When I crate her to keep her out of trouble for a few minutes she makes so much noise that she wakes up my children and drives everyone nuts. So my question is when-if ever-is this dog going to calm down? I don't think I can take a full year of this behavior and I already give her all the time I have to exercise her and train her. My husband is done with her and wants her to go. Should I find her a home in the country or wait it out and risk losing my sanity?
Thanks for any advice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-27
    I have included an article on the Australian Cattle Dog for you to read. Just click on it. It doesn't sound like this pup will calm down. It is a herding dog and high energy. It is the nature of the dog. It is a hard decision to make but you have to look at what you believe to be best for the children, the pup and you and hubby.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-04-30
    What a darling pup! You got a high energy breed topped with being still a puppy. Just like a litte 2 year old always on the go. Even as she gets older she'll still be an active dog, but I think that puppy behavior should calm down.
  • Ann - 2011-05-29
    Try teaching the pup how to chase a frisbee. I too have a high energy herding dog and just adopted a cattle dog. Frisbee really helps take the energy out of them. I believe they claim that playing frisbee for 20 minutes burns the about the same as an hour of walking. You can download a free book from Hyperflite that tells about getting your dog started playing frisbee. http://skyhoundz.com/discdogsrock.html
  • lauren - 2011-07-05
    Find a dog trainer.
  • Bridget - 2012-12-12
    We have a Corgi/Blue Heeler mix who is very energetic. I have taken her on a 6 mile run, and 30 minutes later she is up wanting to play again. The quickest way to tire her out is to do mental tasks with her. She loves to play hide and seek with her toys. We also do lots of training with her, and will go lay down and sleep for several hours after a hard 15 minute training session. You have to understand the task-oriented mentality of the herding dog. As well, our dog is crated when we are gone (she is 1 year old, and eventually will have the run of the house), but when we first started crating her, we had a lot of issues with her anxiety. We used positive reinforcement with her to correct this issue. So we put her in the kennel, and used a clicker. Every time she calmed down, even if it was for a split second, we clicked and treated her. After 4 sessions, she learned that she was required to be quiet in her kennel. If your dog is very food motivated, clicker training and reward are a very effective method with very smart dogs like the heeler.
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Chris - 2012-11-21
We recently adopted a 5-6 year old red heeler who we adore! He is loving and active, but he doesn't play with toys at all. He doesn't even seem to recognize what they are for! I have read that these dogs love to play, but he would rather just be loved. We think it may be that he was abused somewhat before we got him as he is skittish. Any thoughts?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-21
    He sounds like a really nice dog. You're right, these dogs usually love to romp and are actually bred to herd. It could very well be that he had a rough first few years in his life, making him skittish and just wanting to be loved. But he sounds like a really nice dog, and it sounds like he has a great home now.
  • Bridget - 2012-12-12
    I have a friend with a dog that they adopted that was the same way, and had not interest in playing with toys. This summer they watched a friends puppy while they were out of town. Surprisingly, their dog learned to play from the puppy. You may want to take the dog around puppies playing to teach the dog to play. My friends dog now loves stuffed dogs toys and gets very excited when he gets a new one.
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FRANKLIN - 2012-12-03
Sorry i live in belgium. I would like to know where i can get a german shepherd? A puppy please ty

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Barry - 2012-01-12
We have two blue merle rough collies in the UK. Surprisingly we find they are not that keen on long walks, even though they get them twice a day!

Can be yappy and yes, they do tend to over eat if you allow them to do so.

However, they are loyal, loving, and in our minds, the most beautiful dog ever bred.

Be prepared to allow time when out with them, as you will be stopped constantly and asked I bet they are hot in the summer!

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Luke Wilson - 2012-05-21
I have dog a whose dad was German and Australian Shepherd with a little bit of Collie. And whose mom was a Golden Retriever... AMAZING DOG! looks like black Golden Retriever

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bev jennings - 2010-10-08
Where did the name german shepard come from?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-26
    The german Shepherd is a pup that has its roots based in german and it was originally bred as a working dog for herding.  So it got the name German Shepherd.  They are wonderful dogs - so smart.
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Kiersten Gaylord - 2011-09-20
I have a 6 year old Shetland Sheepdog named Bosley. When I got him(from my dads friend), he didn't even know how to sit! But now, he knows how to sit, stay, lie down, roll over, play dead, wave shake and high five, and a whole bunch of other things! He is also a trained guard dog and he has saved my life four times already. I used to love German Shepherds and that used to be the only dog that I ever wanted. Well, now that I have a Sheltie, that's the only dog that I'm happy with and I would probably never want any other breed. The Sheltie is the best pet to own and I love Bosley sooo much! (:

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    They are neat - that is what my dad had and gee that pup loved my dad.
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Dale Swain - 2010-03-22
My dog is a german shepard and pit bull terrier mix and he is very high energy , but is very smart and loyal. I think the mix is astounding and you need to get one.

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  • Leila - 2011-08-17
    I've got a gsd cross. He is very energetic and clever and an excellent watchdog. He is very alert and prefers to rest at the front of the yard instead of the back so he can watch every move of passersby and whoever comes!
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