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Re: [RC] what is the best dog to gueard horses? - Sullivan

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From: "Lynn Kinsky" <lkinsky@xxxxxxxxxx>
But by and large the
favorite on ranches (and pickup trucks in parking lots) around here
appears to be the Australian Cattle Dog.  As long as you mind your
business they mind their's -- but they have a stare that says "go
ahead; make my day" --

Yep, I got one of those critters.  The ACD's are registered with the AKC and
lovely tails.  Years ago. some darn vet started the practice of docking the
tails.  The
ones that are tailess are typically called either blue or red heelers, in my
neck of the woods.
I always cringe when I see one without a tail.  They ARE very protective,
tough as nails,
but unfortunately can be somewhat reactive.  And....they do want to heel.  I
got mine as a
year old rescue....she is an awesome trail dog, but I cannot break her of
herding and heeling
the horses. I do feel extremely safe jogging alone in remote areas with my
ACD!  They do
look sort of spooky.


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