Hank is a very loving, sensitive, sweet soul. Typical of cattle dogs, Hank longs for his own person to love and devote himself to. He weighs around 45 lbs. and we estimate he is 2-3 years old. Hank was a waif, who was found wandering as a stray. He is completely wonderful with other dogs of all personalities - very respectful and takes his cues from them. He adores playing with other dogs. As a young, moderate energy dog, Hank loves to run, play and explore. He will need regular daily exercise. When first meeting people, he is polite, but needs time to decide if he can trust you before he opens up to you. He can definitely “feel the love,” and tends to trust gentle, soft spoken people very quickly. Hank's core personality is a soft marshmallow. Once you have his trust, his floodgates open to show you how much love he has in his heart and how grateful he is. For his people, he is attentive, listens well, and wants to to please.
Most of the time Hank has a very quiet, low key nature. He is good company without constantly being on top of you, except when he checks in, to show you much he loves you by putting his front paws on your lap so he can enthusiastically give you kisses. He is extremely sensitive to his living situation and the people around him. Hank truly needs a calm, balanced home situation, and consistency. He is not for a busy household. If he is comfortable at home, he will meet new people in a relaxed, happy manner. If he is uneasy in a situation, he will also feel stressed about what new people might do.
Hank is extremely intelligent, and a quick learner, who wants to do the right thing. At home, he wants to follow his person from room to room, waiting for you to let him know that it is time to do something. In a car, he rides very quietly in the backseat, watching the world go by. Hank is housebroken and knows how to use a dog door. We are working on crate training him. He knows Sit and Down, but could use some additional basic obedience training. We have only seen him around a cat once, and he very calmly looked at it without any desire to do anything more. Since he likes to chase birds for fun, we suspect that if a cat ran, he would want to chase.
For the most part, Hank has very good house manners. However, he is a pro at napping on the sofa, and at bedtime, wants to curl up on the bed beside your feet. When happily greeting people he knows and trusts, his first impulse is to jump up with his front paws on your chest to give kisses. While mostly quiet, Hank will alarm bark when he hears something outside. This happens especially after dark, when unexpected sounds may scare him most. He should not be left outside unattended, and would do best on quiet country property.
Although Hank seems unsure about things when walking in town, he walks fairly well on leash. He is fine going places and seeing people on walks and in stores. He will bark his annoyance at fast moving things with wheels going past. When new people want to interact with him on a walk, he is calm, but a bit cautious. Currently, people need to go slow, and allow him to approach when he is ready. We feel sure that over time, and having only positive human interactions, he will eventually overcome his worries about new people.
Hank is only now learning about treats and toys, and he is loving them. However, he loves them so much that he does sometimes guard toys (especially plush, squeaky ones) and the treats he has been given. His current fosters are starting to work with him on this behavior. He is very smart, and wants to please his foster mom. Because of this current guarding tendency, plus the fact that when he wants to love you, he will put his front paws on your lap and push his way to your face to give kisses, sometimes nibbling your chin, Hank would not be appropriate in a home with young children.
Hank has a sensitive, adoring and playful soul, and will make someone a wonderful companion. It is clear that whoever had him before he was stray, didn’t do right by him. To overcome his past negative experiences, he will need loving reassurance from calm, easy going, confident leaders; and to be introduced to new things at his pace, and not pushed into new situations too soon. His person(s) should be experienced with herding dogs and be willing to work on his resource guarding behavior.