Australian Cattle Dog / German Shepherd Dog Mix

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Female

Training: Books

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Misty is definitely not your average canine


United States

Posted July 25, 2015

After the pound told us she was supposed to have been a year old, we quickly discovered she was quite a bit younger than that. What had once been a medium sized dog is now, as I jokingly call her, a small pony. While not as big as many other dog breeds, she is still larger than we had expected and most definitely not the original type of dog we wanted. However, her silvery light blue eyes (almost like a male husky's eyes) have definitely caught me in their spell. She wasn't very difficult to train, when she was a puppy, but she has lost some of her training and thus has to constantly be worked on with it. She's very lazy, earning her the name "Zombie dog" in my household. It's gotten to the point where, even after you say her name, she doesn't move; at times, I have to start prodding her with my foot. She's not very intelligent, often running into closed doors, assuming that they're just pushed shut, and has, on many occasions, failed the blanket test. She was trained not to be vocal unless there was a threat or something we needed to be warned about, which has unfortunately evolved into her barking at the door when she's bored because she wants the family to pay her some attention. She also deems a cat over a block away on the other side of the street to be such a threat that the household should be placed at DEFCON 3 with another dog placing us at DEFCON 1. Around children she knows, she's more than capable of being around them, keeping them safe, and all around being a bodyguard (as I use her when I'm out and about) and has been raised around cats, so she has no issue with small pets that she knows. Her extensive guarding, however, does decline any introduction of a new small animal or child into any vicinity of our property, however. I have to say, though, she makes a great doorbell.

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