Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Virginia, United States
Posted August 2, 2012
rescued this Australian Cattle Dog many years ago and cannot
emphasize enough how important it is for possible owners to really
understand the qualities of the particular dog. Ninety percent of
these great animals are rural working dogs, but the other 10 percent
are "porch pigs". As working dogs, they really get a sense
of accomplishment by having a job to do. This is Brutus.
spends his days running after the heard, keeping them from straying
too far. His main concern is to keep them together so that no harm
will come to them. Maybe they will get lost in the brush, or get
stuck in the mud. Brutus looks out for their safety with a great
sense of commitment. I wish I could take credit for his training,
but it really seems to be inborn. He even likes to sleep outside
with the herd whenever possible.
you are online and new to rural dogs, it is only the “porch pigs”
that will make a good family pet, so be very careful. Ranchers and
horse folks know very well what these dogs are capable of. Remember
the phrase "the dingo ate my baby"? Well, keep in mind
that the “dingo” is the foundation of this cattle dog. So, draw
your conclusions from there. Good luck, think carefully and you will
have a companion unlike anything else in dogdom.