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A year old now 

Another good we morning learning bolted a few for her 

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On 09/06/2021 at 06:08, mC HULL said:

I knew you was a kelpie man mate I thought there was a few more acd x same thing to me 😆 or there abouts🤣👍

Nothing alike in temperment slightly alike in looks. Would think the add would be better on anything that likes to fight back. 

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On 19/09/2021 at 23:37, Aussie Whip said:

You should get a good long working life with that cross and few injuries.

Too right Cobber👍

I bred these types back in the 1980's,...worked them all over the UK,..I reckon I got my money's worth😉

 

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6 hours ago, OldPhil said:

I bred these types back in the 1980's,...worked them all over the UK,..I reckon I got my money's worth😉

Phil, did these dogs guard as well as hunt? I haven't owned one myself but have hunted with a mates acd/ grey when younger but can't remember if it guarded. I was thinking of a dual purpose lurcher when my old bulldog crosses pass on.

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On 21/09/2021 at 00:18, Aussie Whip said:

Phil, did these dogs guard as well as hunt? I haven't owned one myself but have hunted with a mates acd/ grey when younger but can't remember if it guarded. I was thinking of a dual purpose lurcher when my old bulldog crosses pass on.

Hi mate,...yeah,..as you would undoubtedly know,...Heelers are usually real suspicious of strangers, and usually make good guards,..they seem to do this instinctively.👍 

My original stock was incredibly varied,.not only in their basic physique, but also in temperament.

My old bitch Speckle was kind and gentle, and although she would sometimes rag feral cats and foxes, she rarely killed a rabbit and never raised a growl, at a human...Mind you, I brought her up real soft and was always good to her.

Others I've had, would certainly guard, attack, and unfortunately bite, nosey folk.🙄

I realised early on, in my 1980's breeding programme, that these unique lurcher types were not going to be suitable for every enthusiast of the running dog composites,..accordingly, I kept my progress, whether good or bad, a bity of a secret.

In answer to your question ,..yes, I do believe that although it often depends upon the individual dog,.most ACD lurchers will have a guarding instinct deep down within them...as to whether the handler wants to bring it out,... is entirely his decision😉 

Stay safe now Brother, all the best, OldPhil.🙏

 

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On 20/09/2021 at 09:57, stevemac said:

Nothing alike in temperment slightly alike in looks. Would think the add would be better on anything that likes to fight back. 

As Phil says in a later post, ACDs have a bit of a reputation for being "a bit funny" with strangers. I've had several occasions when people will give my pure kelpies a wide berth as they've assumed that they were "like those Australian cattle dogs" and were therefore not 100% trustworthy. 

I met one chap, many years ago, who'd nearly come a cropper while camping in Australia and taking a shortcut across a field with a heeler in it...he just about made it to the fence with his trousers intact.

Also as Phil says (he knows his stuff😉) temperaments vary a lot even within 'friendly' or 'unfriendly' breeds. My five have varied a lot. My first was an extreme one-man dog. He wasn't unfriendly, just couldn't see the point in socialising with other people once he'd left puppyhood. Then, once he met my future wife and gradually accepted her, he realized that other humans were acceptable too and became my regular meet-and-greet dog. I even took him into the school where I was working as a foundation stage teacher to put on a sheepdog/ferreting demonstration for the class as a precursor to a country show we took them to. Conversely, one of my bitches would avoid any contact with any human or dog at any expense while my current three year old is one of the friendliest dogs I've ever met. All things being equal (which they rarely are) I'd describe the 'average' kelpie temperament as a friendly one-man dog. Does that make sense? Kind of like, "I'll say hello to you and you can stroke me but I'm not too sure about you coming in my house."

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