Working Australian Kelpie
DoB: November 19, 2010 (estimate)
HERDING INSTINCT: Yes, strong, hard eye; keen to work sheep but "sticky/heavy", does not bend well off of pressure.
ISSUES: Extreme herding behaviour, especially cats & small animals, as well as small/young children.
Roxy is an active senior, in need of a job. She is good in the house, crate trained & is generally good around other dogs. We have noticed though, that she does not like to share her water bowl & she grumbles a lot ifthe dog kenneled beside her is restless in their crate while she's trying to relax in hers.
She could care less about toys but she LOVES food. However, she does not tolerate other dogs around her eating area. She has come a long way as far as coming in for pets, & treats, but it is still difficult to get her to hold still if there are things happening around her.
She is not good around the cats (stares at them all day, given the opportunity) but we have not seen her go after them or hunt them so it is unclear if she would actually do anything other than stare at them. When she first arrived, we could not break her attention from the feral cats unless they hid & then she would redirect her stalking to the faster moving dogs. However, we're happy to say that now she comes running when we call her by name.
An ideal home would be one where she is given the appropriate outlet for her instinct. She should go to either a working home that knows how to give her the training she needs or who is willing to take regular lessons with her. We recommend an adult only home because of the history we were given. She does seem to know the difference between people & livestock, though, so children 10 years old or older would probably be fine.
Roxy was originally found as a stray, adopted and then surrendered to EARS because she would not stop herding the kids & they were worried she would eventually bite them. Roxy was transferred to us from the Edson Animal Rescue Society (EARS) because of her extreme herding behaviour & the need for a job to do.