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Postby FlyingLSimmentals » Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:13 pm

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Sorry pic isn't real well, takes new camera too long to focus to get a real clear shot. Wanted to get him before he took off.
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Postby FlyingLSimmentals » Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:06 pm

Got out and threw some Frisbee to Dave this evening. He just loves it. It's awesome to watch him make some those acrobatic catches. I should learn how to take video to post on you tube or something. Hope everyone is having a awesome summer day. Dave and I are getting some fluids and resting up, we played a bit too long. Think he would play until he croaks.
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Re: "Dave" my new Australian Shepherd pup

Postby frieghttrain » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:07 pm

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Dave looks great! He'll do well for you Mike :D
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Postby FlyingLSimmentals » Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:38 pm

Watching Dave practicing with one of the bulls. Took some pics, I'll post a couple.
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Re: "Dave" my new Australian Shepherd pup

Postby Stocker Steve » Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:30 am

Had a Border Collie. Seemed to be obsessive.
Have a great Wirehair cross that keeps UPS on their toes, but he is getting old.
Wife wants a protective dog that that loves her.
Would be good to have a cattle dog again.
What are some good options?
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Re: "Dave" my new Australian Shepherd pup

Postby Son of Butch » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:52 am

Stocker Steve wrote:Had a Border Collie. Seemed to be obsessive.
Have a great Wirehair cross that keeps UPS on their toes, but he is getting old.
Wife wants a protective dog that loves her.
Would be good to have a cattle dog again.
What are some good options?

I like German Shepherds.
Loyal as all get out to family - they don't tolerate strangers well, making them an excellent choice for protection.
Shepherds are very trainable to be good cattle dogs.
(Rin Tin Tin could do it all.)

For beauty a Rough Collie (Lassie) if your wife likes brushing hair.
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Postby Stocker Steve » Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:52 pm

No daily brushing.
Have had some success training hunting dogs.
What level of shepherd performance can you get with moderate training?
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Re: "Dave" my new Australian Shepherd pup

Postby True Grit Farms » Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:24 pm

[quote="Stocker Steve"]No daily brushing.
Have had some success training hunting dogs.
What level of shepherd performance can you get with moderate training?[/quote

Excellent, all a German Shepherd needs, is to see you do something and they pretty much figure it out. If they weren't so hairy, big and had such a short life span they'd be perfect.
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Re: "Dave" my new Australian Shepherd pup

Postby Son of Butch » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:53 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:
Stocker Steve wrote:No daily brushing.
Have had some success training hunting dogs.
What level of shepherd performance can you get with moderate training?

Excellent, all a German Shepherd needs, is to see you do something and they pretty much figure it out.
If they weren't so hairy, big and had such a short life span they'd be perfect.

Only my opinion, but when brushed out the "Lassie" style long haired collie is perhaps the most beautiful of all dogs.
Show dogs need to be brushed daily, but as pets once a week because they will pick up all sorts of weed seeds and
their hair will mat without somewhat regular brushing. They are vocal barking at strangers, but seldom bite.
To prevent shyness they need to be well socialized, they are naturally calm and are protective of young children.
"Lassie" dogs have a natural herding instinct, but not nearly as strong of instinct as the Border Collie.
weight 60 lbs life expectancy 12 years and often go blind in their teens, Pal (the original Lassie) lived to be 18

German Shepherds are the best all around dogs I know.
weight 75+ lbs life expectancy 9-10 years... Rin Tin Tin lived to be 13
In my opinion, when selecting choose one with a strong back and top line.
It's been said German Shepherd show dogs are starting to look like a cross between a dog and a frog. With extremely
sloping rear ends and top lines and to me the rear legs are set too much and too far back causing poor tracking, also
they're well known for having hip problems. But they are quick learners and obey commands with the best of them.
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Re: "Dave" my new Australian Shepherd pup

Postby Stocker Steve » Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:49 am

True Grit Farms wrote:If they weren't so hairy, big and had such a short life span they'd be perfect.


What issues cause the short life span?
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Re: "Dave" my new Australian Shepherd pup

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Stocker Steve wrote:
True Grit Farms wrote:If they weren't so hairy, big and had such a short life span they'd be perfect.


What issues cause the short life span?


I suppose it's just God's will, just the nature of the beast. It just seems like all large dogs have a shorter lifespan.
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Re: "Dave" my new Australian Shepherd pup

Postby FlyingLSimmentals » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:46 am

The Border Collies I've had were really smart but "how should I say it", well I guess soft or timid. Made great pets around the yard and farm but was just to timid with the livestock. Real loyal companions at home. Now they loved riding in the truck but if they saw the cows coming they'd duck and hide behind the fender, lol.
Had no complaints with the German Shepherd I had but he got hit in an accident while the neighbor had a bunch of construction going on. So didn't have him real long.
Dave has a bit of Australian Cattle Dog in him and isn't all the long hair Australian Shepherd. I'm gonna say he's the best I've had as of right now. He'll cuddle, play, obey, and grit it up when need be. Truly not afraid of anything but I'm scared he might find something that he should be afraid of and not know it.
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