General Foster Comments: What happens when you mix a floppy-eared setter with an Australian cattle dog? It’s the Better Setter! Though we love our crazy English Setters, having a mellow mix breed has been a nice change of pace! Bubba (named at the shelter) was found as stray in Ohio and was not claimed. He was on the euthanasia list and so he was pulled into Above and Beyond to save his life. And what a great life it is! He’s a fantastic dog—happy, mellow, and affectionate. He may be just the dog you didn’t know you wanted when perusing the English Setter site! He’s got a thick, beautiful coat and a lovely foxlike tail. He’s got nice manners, enjoys his bowl of food, has no interest in table scraps, rides well in the car, likes to play with tennis balls and ropes, and gets along well with everyone!
Socialization/training: Bubba knows “sit” and comes to you when called. He chases birds around the yard occasionally, but with his mix, he’s probably more of a herder than a birder.
Good with Children: Yes! Bubba is a friendly fella. He likes kids and goes to lay down next to the boy’s bed at night when he’s tired. He’s in a foster home with kids in grade school and high school. Please see behavioral section for more details for homes with small children.
Good with Dogs: Yes! He’s very friendly with other dogs in the house and neighborhood dogs as well.
Good with Cats: Yes. He is mostly indifferent to cats after the first sniff-over. The resident cats walk by him and step over his legs when he’s sleeping. He growled at one cat who was trying to eat out of his bowl when he was eating, but she got the hint and that was that.
House-trained: Yes. Before his neutering, he did lift his leg to mark a few times, but has not had other incidents.
Crate-trained: No. Bubba does not like being in the crate. He sleeps in the master bedroom at night on the floor and often moves to the cool tile. He was contained in a laundry room when home alone, but figured out how to open the pocket door to let himself out. Since he didn’t destroy anything, he has been allowed free roam when home alone.
Leash-trained: Yes. He’s a very easy walker and does not pull! He is able to be walked by a child who weighs less than he does!
Activity Level: Moderate. He’s playful when engaged, but very mellow in the house. He can run surprisingly fast outside and barrels at you when called!
Fence: Not required, but always helpful. He doesn’t have much vertical, so any fence should be fine. There’s a chance he could be a digger if left out alone, though we’ve only seen him bury treats in woodchips with his nose! He could probably be easily trained on an electric fence. The joy of a setter-mix is that when his foster family is working outside, he can be trusted off-leash if someone is keeping an eye on him. He will trot down the sidewalk, but mostly just lays down near his people.
Behavior: Bubba is a big sweetie! He loves affection and getting scratches and pets. If you sit on the floor, he becomes a lap dog. He generally does not jump up. The only concern with Bubba is how he expresses affection: he likes to gently put people’s arms and dog’s snouts in his mouth. He does not bite down when he does this and he is clearly happy as can be, but nonetheless, we are trying to break him of this habit. He stops doing it when he sees a water squirt bottle, so he’s figuring it out. Though he’s clearly doing this in a friendly manner, we are recommending he not go to a home with small children as it might scare little kids. He shows no signs of aggression.
Medical History: Bubba has been fully vetted and recently neutered. The vet said he appears to be healthy and fit. He had a little clicking in his back left leg that could turn arthritic someday but not abnormal at his age. (Join the club, Bubba.) He had a faint positive test for Lyme’s, which means he was exposed to it at some point in the past and has antibodies present though he shows no signs of illness now. His side teeth are in great condition but his front teeth have been worn down from chewing (probably in a kennel). His weight was spot on. Bubba was injured at some point; his nose bones were broken and apparently healed without vet intervention. We’re not sure how and Bubba’s not talking; it looks like he had a car door or trap close on it or perhaps he was struck with something heavy like a metal pipe. Whatever it was, it could not have felt good. His breathing, smelling, and eating seem unaffected and he shows no sign of pain when his snout is handled.
Foster Location: Madison, Wisconsin.
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