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Rescue Group: Underdog ResQ, Inc. - MA
|Breed:||Australian Cattle Dog||Color:||Merle||Age:||Puppy|
|Size:||Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)||Sex:||Male|
Can you stand the cuteness? Nugget was born on February 4, 2013. We know this because he was purchased at a pet store. He currently weighs about 10-12 lbs (4/28/13). Australian Cattle Dogs can weigh up to 30-62 pounds when mature. Since he is a young pup we hope to find him someone who is around for most of the day, so he can be house trained and supervised, or can at the very least hire a dog walker to exercise him a couple of times a day when he is young. He is best suited for a house with a yard and a fence where he can get plenty of exercise. He is a cattle dog, which is a member of the herding breed. Cattle dogs are known for their intelligence and willingness to learn new things. They have a high energy level that needs to be satisfied every day to keep them happy and well behaved. Mental stimulation is also of high importance to this type of dog. Food puzzles and lots of training will help him to be a good boy. The saying goes “A tired cattle dog makes for a happy owner”. Nugget would love someone who is very active, maybe a jogger or hiker, (not just weekends) or someone who wants a dog to do agility with or be a therapy dog or some other doggie sport.
When Nugget’s owners found out he was deaf they sadly surrendered him to the animal hospital. Teaching him hand signals, which he is learning in his foster home quickly, really is the best way to train him but we do recommend also working with a trainer, if necessary.
Because of his breed, we will have to give high priority to applicants that are familiar with his breed or similar breeds. He is not well suited for the average household and if you are looking for a lazy dog or one that only requires 3 short walks a day…you can stop reading now because he is not a match for you. We are also looking for a family that will definitely take him to puppy socialization and training classes. He is a bundle of energy and we want to make sure you know how to teach him how to use that energy in a positive manner.
Nugget is living with several other dogs in his foster home, male and female, big and small. His ideal home, in addition to having savvy adults about his breed, may have other dogs and kids. If you have small kids please consider the amount of work and energy Nugget will take to train and exercise which is something people with small kids have very little of. We don't recommend a home with cats since he is a herding dog and may annoy the cat.
Nugget is partially crate trained, which means he sleeps in his crate at night and takes naps in it during the day, but he may whine for 3 minutes or so when you first put him in because he would prefer to be sleeping near a person. Don’t give in to this protest though; he is quite happy once he knows it is bed time. Nugget rides well in the car and he really enjoys being out in the yard doing spring chores.
If you think Nugget would be a great addition to your family and you have the time to commit to a puppy and all their needs please fill out an adoption application after reading about the adoption process on http://www.underdogresq.org/AdoptionCenter/AdoptionProcess.asp. If you aren’t already familiar with the breed please check out these links to see if an Australian Cattle Dog is the breed for you.
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/australiancattledog.htm and http://www.acdra.org/.