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  • #21
    First, the title of this thread made me laugh out loud!

    Ours is an SPCA special, so we aren't entirely sure how old he is. It is painfully obvious that no one ever did anything with him in his past life.
    He does the wriggle on his back and smile thing, and sleeps with all four in the air. I thought the running into things/ people was just him. Huh.
    He barks incessantly...like he just gets stuck. I think he was left alone too long as a puppy and invented his own ACD OCD methods to pass the time.
    He also menaces his own foot. ...Not sure what that's about. There's a couple screws loose with this one.
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    • #22
      Wow...I guess I forget how many people can't deal with extremely intelligent dogs who love to have fun. How unfortunate as I (personally) can't seem to find another breed I enjoy nearly as much!
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      • #23
        I'd never have anything but a cattle dog, and enjoy him immensely! The only reason we have a Golden is because he came with the boyfriend Just because we are ribbing about their behavior doesn't mean we "can't deal" with them!
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        • #24
          Originally posted by Kenike View Post
          Wow...I guess I forget how many people can't deal with extremely intelligent dogs who love to have fun. How unfortunate as I (personally) can't seem to find another breed I enjoy nearly as much!
          I'm not sure what you mean by this but I love my dog and wouldn't trade her for anything. I have no problem at all dealing with a smart dog and I don't see anyone else on this thread with a problem either.

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          • #25
            Ditto!! I love my two more than anything, and will never have another breed for "my dog". My husband can have his GSD if he wants, but I'm an all ACD girl now. Although if I am very honest , most of the ones I see in the clinic are far too much dog for their owner.
            You can't fix stupid.... but you can breed it!

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              #26
              No complaining here, just wanted to share about my ACD and see what she shares in common with other ACDs! I don't think I could have any other breed after having such an intelligent and fun-loving energetic dog

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              • #27
                Originally posted by Kenike View Post
                Wow...I guess I forget how many people can't deal with extremely intelligent dogs who love to have fun. How unfortunate as I (personally) can't seem to find another breed I enjoy nearly as much!
                If I couldn't "deal" with them, I wouldn't have four.
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                • #28
                  Yes you did scare me away...

                  and I thought I was fearless.

                  I think it takes a special kind of dog mom to deal with your ACDs or OCDACDs, might be a better description! LOL.


                  I've been accused of being special, but I also know you have to be smarter than your dog.

                  I'm not sure I'd be the smartest girl in the room with one of these!

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by 2ndyrgal View Post
                    Pretty sure I'll have to pass now.

                    Carry on.
                    I had one, actually I had two. Never again! If you don't have a job for them, they'll invent their own. Mine would herd the cows for no apparent reason and try to herd the horses but my horses just ignored them.

                    My old farm had a ladder to the loft. Maggie would climb the ladder and carefully walk onto the rafters over the horse stalls and snatch and kill the roosting guineas- until I caught onto her game and removed the bottom rungs of the ladder. The final straw was when they killed my big friendly goose- I found new homes for both of them rather quickly after that.

                    But I'd take another half-heeler in a heartbeat. I had an "oops" puppy- half heeler and half German Shepherd X. She was the smartest, best-est farm dog EVER! She was kind to all animals and almost all people- the only person I ever saw her growl at was a belligerent horse-trader type that thought he'd just walk on up to the (obviously private) barn without stopping at the house. She was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime dog.

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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by 2ndyrgal View Post
                      Pretty sure I'll have to pass now.

                      Carry on.
                      I was actually referring ONLY to this post (entitled "I just thought I wanted one,"), not the rest! As someone who prefers at least half Heeler dogs, I'm in the same "crazy boat" as the rest of you! And I'm danged happy to be there!
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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by shakeytails View Post
                        I had one, actually I had two. Never again! If you don't have a job for them, they'll invent their own. Mine would herd the cows for no apparent reason and try to herd the horses but my horses just ignored them.

                        My old farm had a ladder to the loft. Maggie would climb the ladder and carefully walk onto the rafters over the horse stalls and snatch and kill the roosting guineas- until I caught onto her game and removed the bottom rungs of the ladder. The final straw was when they killed my big friendly goose- I found new homes for both of them rather quickly after that.

                        But I'd take another half-heeler in a heartbeat. I had an "oops" puppy- half heeler and half German Shepherd X. She was the smartest, best-est farm dog EVER! She was kind to all animals and almost all people- the only person I ever saw her growl at was a belligerent horse-trader type that thought he'd just walk on up to the (obviously private) barn without stopping at the house. She was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime dog.
                        Yeah, we want to raise meat birds, but I'm certain that Rusty would love to end their lives rather quickly if he could get ahold of them.

                        My parents also have a cat that he would kill if he caught ahold of her. Their other cat, he's fine with, we have a cat and he's fine with him (plays a little rough sometimes, but doesn't try to kill him!) and I brought him to a friends house and he wasn't mean to her cat (in fact, her cat literally chased the dog around the property and Rusty came running back to me...). But that one cat that my parents have would come to an unfortunate end if he ever catches her...I'm not sure why he is only fixated on her...
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                        • #32
                          Cats! Forgot about the cats. Our guy loves the cats (in the good way) and has wanted to be friends with them since we got him. He is just usually too exuberant for their tastes.

                          Enter Thorgrim Doomkitten, our 6 month old kitten who I have had from 2 weeks old and bottle fed. (Long story, foster kitten for SPCA, DH named him). Because he has no proper cat mother to teach him proper Kitty Dignity, he loves the dogs...a lot. The heeler likes to go up to him, squash him with one foot, and nibble up and down the kitten's spine with his little incisors. Thorgrim thinks this is the most wonderful thing in the world.
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                          • #33
                            See, that's not my dog. He was accused of killing Memaw's guineas when we'd visit. It wasn't him, it was HER dog!

                            And cats are his best friend. He adores cats!

                            The puppy would probably kill birds, but he doesn't know what do do about cats. My old lady bats him in the nose and won't take crap from him, but he seems more curious than hurtful.
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                              #34
                              My ACD loves to chase the cats, but also loves a good cuddle with them when they choose not to run from her.

                              A few years ago, one of the cats injured a baby wild rabbit. We have rehabilitated baby wild rabbits in the past, so we brought this one in the house for about two weeks while it healed. My ACD took the baby rabbit as her own baby and wouldn't let it out of her sight and cared for it as much as she could. Sometimes I wish she wasn't fixed, because she would be such a loving mother!

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                              • #35
                                I have an Acd she is my first of the breed. She is by far the smartest animal i have ever had. Her name is diamond and she is a blue .she does all the things pretty much that everyone has said . she loves to run beside the four wheeler and go for rides in the truck. She loves my kids and wife but she is really my best friend. I cant leave house without her unless im going to work. She would go there too if she could . she loves to play frisbie and is the most loyal dog i have ever seen. I will never own any other breed.
                                Last edited by dsepko; Mar. 13, 2017, 05:26 PM.

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                                • #36
                                  I commented on this post in 2012 about my 1/2 heeler - 1/2 welsh corgi who I loved more than life itself. He has since passed on and just about a year ago we adopted another heeler mix, she is also 1/2 corgi although this time Pembroke instead of welsh. (I also think she might be part cat and part monkey but that's hard to know for sure) She has zero impulse control, talks constantly and rarely stops moving. I couldn't love her more. Photos of both are attached...
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                                  • #37
                                    Thanks for bumping this up! In two weeks, my boy will have been gone for two years - he was 14. Had been diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy about a year around 12 or 13 and I spent about a year carrying him up and down the stairs to my room and in and out of the house (not easy - he was a very solid 50 pounds) before he passed suddenly. I had multiple vets tell me he was the nicest tempered heeler they had ever worked with. I was skeptical of the breed (the SO from Texas at the time was the one who wanted one) but he was such a good dog. Miss him a lot.
                                    It's not about the color of the ribbon but the quality of the ride. Having said that, I'd like the blue one please!

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                                    • #38
                                      I lost my blue girl last year at 13. I miss her so. When she was 3-4, I thought I'd probably never get another one as these are not Your Average Dog, and between her obsessively intense attachment to me and her endless energy, she was hard to live with for awhile.

                                      but then she grew up, and boy did she turn into One Awesome Dog. She was appropriate with fosters, had courage to the point of foolishness (which was why she could civilize the fosters), was one of the most athletic dogs I've ever had and was without a doubt one of the most obedient as well.

                                      I am currently looking for another well bred ACD.

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                                      • #39
                                        My friend's dog was too much for his owner so he was raised in the garage with no stimulation until my friend offered to take him. He is a very odd dog - largely because he was never stimulated as a young dog and helped out by an intelligent, active owner, (I think). He is a little bit defensive and growls and threatens passers by, but when I go over
                                        is just fine as we have been introduced.

                                        Another is in our dog group - he's dog aggressive, or afraid, and barks and lunges. If a person meets his eyes he does the same thing, and he's got the most piercing blue eyes ever. Again, he has some baggage.

                                        So they are complicated dogs, so intelligent. Our farriers dog is psychic.

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                                        • #40
                                          I wrote above that our farrier's dog is psychic - I did not mean to convery he is psycho - quite the opposite. He is so on, my farrier just has to think something and the dog is up and at it and ready. We had a dobie a bit like that, too.

                                          At the barn where my horse is they have four of these - they get lots of freedom, lots of exercise and are with their owner all the time - best dogs you could ask for.
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