cattle dog and kelpie x ?
Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:42 pm
Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:04 pm
Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:27 pm
Posted 01 April 2009 - 08:46 pm
This is the big lad
This is the bitch pup that I bred last year
I own a pure Kelpie bitch which is what I used to breed the litter last year, I have found this cross to suit me very well.
All the best
Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:00 pm
Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:08 pm
Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:27 pm
the man who is mentioned D.S is an old mate of mine last time i spoke to him 3 years ago after not seeing him for 10 years he said these kellpi crosses had better feet and stamina than collie/greyhounds but wer a lot more headstrong
nice looking dogs you got there mike. whats the stamina like compared to a first cross greyhound border or beardie collie.
Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:47 pm
Posted 02 April 2009 - 02:00 pm
Thanks for the compliment Fireman it's funny that about the water mine are the same love the stuff, but the pure Kelpie bitch I have doesn't like water at all the terrier is more russel than plummer she has a dash of plummer blood in her but looks exactly like one she is only 11 months old but has caught 9 rabbits to date and is working really well above ground, see what she is made of next season under the soil too.
Posted 02 April 2009 - 02:57 pm
all the best dirtwinger
Posted 02 April 2009 - 03:17 pm
My half cross cattle dog has great feet, never injured, maybe partly because since the other half was a small lurcher rather than a greyhound, she is not that fast! .
My dog's have excellent stamina, they will work all day if required, obviuosly the pup hasn't been pushed that hard yet but she is showing great potential. They do have a very good guarding instinct and the big lad has warned me quite a few times when we have ventured off the footpath so to speak http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub... he has also protected me once when approached in the dark. What I have found is that even though he is a very steady and calm dog he can "up the game "when needed http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub... .
Thanks for the compliment Fireman it's funny that about the water mine are the same love the stuff, but the pure Kelpie bitch I have doesn't like water at all http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub... the terrier is more russel than plummer she has a dash of plummer blood in her but looks exactly like one http://www.thehuntinglife.com/forums/pub... she is only 11 months old but has caught 9 rabbits to date and is working really well above ground, see what she is made of next season under the soil too.
Your dogs look great Mike, I didnt know a guarding instinct was strong in the Kelpie cross, it is a very useful quality handled right. My A.C.D. cross is quite protective but also friendly when it is not required.
Posted 02 April 2009 - 04:36 pm
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Posted 02 April 2009 - 07:24 pm
Few pics of her
Like someone else said, she is extremely headstrong, not for a novice lurcher owner! She's my third lurcher, first one was mega hard work for the first year, second one we don't know we've got. But Kes is just manic. She is extremely agile, and can turn on a pin head mid air. She's like one of those kids toys that you wind up and when you let it go it's off... that's Kes.
Extremely loyal though, biddable and trainable... but everythings got to be on her terms and it's got to be her idea!
Oh, she's got fantastic feet!
Posted 02 April 2009 - 07:25 pm
As for the guarding instinct etc, my male was very much a one man dog until he was about three or four years old which is when I met my wife. He's now very outgoing and friendly but won't back down when challenged by other dogs. He has a particular thing for Rottweilers which sounds suicidal as he's not too tall but his confidence and presence usually makes them back down. Conversely, the bitch was a friendly pup but now keeps well away from other people and dogs. I'm not sure about the pup yet as she's only nineteen months old and I find kelpies take about three years to mature mentally.
Mine don't take a huge amount of game as I don't lamp so everything is taken by day and they're not the fastest dogs on the planet. However, I do find that although they are easily outpaced by a rabbit in the open, they are much better than my previous lurchers in cover. The pup has caught a few pigeons too and caught her first rabbit at the start of this last season, c. fifteen months old.
The average kelpie is more of a "that's ok, just leave me alone, I can do it myself," kind of dog than the average collie and, to a certain extent, they tend to work with you rather than for you. You have to accept their idiosyncrasies and work with, or around, them instead of trying to instill blind obedience.
I read a great thread on an Australian dog forum a while back about the differences between kelpies and collies and one post said about a bloke who arrived back from work in the pouring rain with his collie in the Ute and went indoors. A while later he was asked where the collie was and his reply was something along the lines of, "Oh Christ I forgot to tell him to come in!" I hasten to add that I'm not trying to criticise collies as I'm personally a big fan of them. It's simply that they are different and their differences suit me, a lot of people feel the opposite.
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