Bruce is a wonderful 4 year old Cattle dog mix. He is approximately 68lbs.
Bruce has lived with a house full of people, cats and other dogs. He does very well, but has a very high herding instinct so tends to chase things if they run from him.
Bruce has been a great addition to our family over the past few years, we have completed all three levels of training courses through PetSmart and passed with flying colors because Bruce is very intelligent.
We have gone on trips to the lake where he has a blast playing in the shallow water (he gets a little scared of water too deep for his feet to touch the ground). Bruce is an awesome walking/jogging partner, he likes a quick pace but does really well at a slower pace when he wears his weighted backpack.
You may be wondering why we need a new home for him if he’s such a wonderful addition. The answer is that true to his breed (Cattle Dog) he has a very strong independent personality which needs a clear strong leader in order for him to fall in line. My husband and I have always been able to fill this role so we had no problem with him around our kids (10 and 5). Our 10 year old never had any issues with Bruce and our 5 year old only had issues when he would run off and Bruce would try to herd him back to us (usually knocking him down in the process). Recently my husband has had to up his work hours to 70-80 per week and we’ve had a new baby. At first Bruce was totally fine with our baby in his crib, but now at 6 months he is moving around on the floor quite a bit and we’ve steadily seen Bruce’s anxiety increase to an alarming level. We are guessing that his herding and protecting instincts are kicking in really hard with this new little addition, but he can’t quite manage them and becomes anxious and eventually acts out in a negative way (please note he has never harmed our kids).
If my husband and I could always be home together with Bruce and the kids I’m sure we could keep him in check, but with just myself or my husband at home and 3 kids his anxiety just keeps going up. We’ve come to the point where we cannot let him inside and we have to go outside to interact with him (and he’s totally normal at that time) but as soon as the baby comes out the anxiety starts ramping up again.
We love Bruce and he’s been such a great dog and that’s why we know it isn’t fair to keep him only outside for the next 3-4 years while our baby grows. We want to find the appropriate family where he can be his normal happy self.
The ideal family for this boy would be-
Someone with strong leaders, people familiar with having strong willed breeds.
Someone that enjoys lots of activity (daily walks/runs).
Someone with kids 10 and up If you have small pets, they need to be used to dogs and not flee
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