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    Default Kelpie X ACD - Any Experiences?.

    Hey everyone!.

    I am getting a Kelpie x Australian Cattle pup tomorrow (8 weeks). I am excited and nervous at the same time.. I have done my research on both breeds and she seems like she'll be perfect for me. I do currently own a Labrador x Kelpie so I'm excited to own another Kelpie x and especially with my favorite breed in her, the ACD. Though, she looks all Kelpie. Even if you have any experiences with a pure bred of the breeds.

    Does anyone have any experience with this mix?. If you do, could you post it here?.

    Thanks!.
    Last edited by TahsSunny; 09-26-2010 at 10:28 PM.

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    Your wish is my command. Your wish is MY COMMAND.

    I COMMAND you wish me now!!!

    Fastest learner of any dogs I have ever trained. But not very laid back - ever. Would run and fetch until she fell over from exhaustion - so you have to stop before the dog is willing. Because ours was willing to kill herself to keep going for you.

    Was excellent at jumping great heights but never jumped the tiny fence we had for the Aussie terrier. Would stay where you told her for ever until you went back and got her after walking home from the shops and realising you left the dog there. Oops.

    Could do a heap of useful stuff at 3 months old. Some ACD I know are never really interested in being very obedient but kelpies are.

    Very strong. Will fetch a stick to throw for fetch that is about the same size as Laurel and Hardy's ladder and just as dangerous.

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    I command you!!. lol..

    Thank you for sharring that information with me, these breeds sound amazing and so intelligent, this is what I LOVE about the breed. Well, considering Kelpies like listening more, I am glad she looks mostly kelpie so hopefully she will want to listen, lol.

    You've given me some good insight!. I actually currently own a Kelpie x Labrador ( well, everyone see's Kelpie in him though he was labeled as a Staffy x Labrador, can't see any Staffy in him though ).

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    Actually, have you had experiences with these dogs being protective of there owners?. With the training you gave your dogs, did you work at it every day?.

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    I've got an ACDx with I dunno what yet, possibly kelpie, possilby dalmation. Something with long legs and a smooth coat. Then again I've been told she's full ACD or stumpy tail, so mostly farm dog anyway.

    I do work on basic training skills every day, we do agility training with a club twice a week. Need to get some stronger gear so I can do agility training at home.

    She's never been all that protective. Neither was the first dog, the one we knew her parentage, and that would stay put all day when you told her. I have had extremely protective cattle dogs though. Mine hates the gas meter reader. And the previous one stopped someone from nicking the car and the wallet on the dash - but stayed with the car. And he also tried to eat a policeman that pulled me over for speeding. And he was a ferocious defender against lawnmowers, chain saws, and other power tools but strangely terrified of the vaccuum cleaner (like most males I suppose).

    I've encouraged mine to be friendly. ACD do have a natural tendency to chase and nip ankles of joggers and other moving things and it's important to discourage that unless you want to risk the dog being run over by a car or getting reported as dangerous by a jogger. They will also bark their heads off at anything a bit different and it's probably not a good idea to encourage this unless your neighbours so far away they can't hear.

    One of my friends had an ACD that liked barking a lot and her neighbours complained - and they were on the next farm over. She said, she'd stop her dogs barking when they stopped their geese from honking (first thing every morning) and when anyone came up the drive. Neighbours had no answer for that one.

    Big farm geese make great guard dogs - they will even chase and peck people they don't like all the while honking their heads off. And it's much harder for people to complain to council about being attacked by killer geese.

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