Chelsea is very active, smart, easy to train girl. She is also a very sweet, happy, loving dog, who stays nearby her person, if she can. In the morning when she hears her human starting to wake up, she jumps up on his bed and licks his face, wagging her little stumpy tail. Chelsea has been an inside dog her whole life. She shadows her person, following him around to be beside him where ever he is in the house. At her 8 years of age, Chelsea is still very full of energy. She needs to run every day. Since she was a pup, her people have had a dog walker take her out every weekday while they are away at work. She is accustomed to getting a lot of exercise, with a group of other dogs.
Chelsea is a bit timid at times, and very cautious when meeting new people. She will eventually warm up to people she hasn't met before, if they simply ignore her. Once Chelsea is around someone enough, she not only warms up to them but loves them forever. When human friends, who have moved away, return to visit, Chelsea whines with delight. She can hardly contain herself, wagging her entire backside at the front door, and leads them into the house, still wagging her backside, while vigorously maintaining eye contact over her shoulder, with her little doggie smile. She is a wonderful, loving dog, who needs a home with someone who will love her back.
She is NOT comfortable around children, and tends to avoid them. She just wants to be left alone when children want to pet her. She has never tried to bite anyone, but just tries to avoid interaction. That said, she has warmed up to her person’s 3 year old son, and now greets him in the morning with doggie kisses and a wagging stumpy tail.
Having been in group walks with other dogs since she was a pup, Chelsea will run and play with the other dogs during their group outings. She seems to bond closely with only a few dogs, like with her best friend ever, Killian the Great Dane. We haven’t seen Chelsea meet cats close up, but when on leash walks, she lunges at cats they come across. Her person believes it could just be her attempt at keeping others away from him.
As a cattle dog, Chelsea is always working, always trying to herd. She stopped nipping at heels when she was a pup, and isn’t mouthy. Sometimes she feels the need to maintain order in the pack, and in a harmless way, herd the other dogs. She is good at playing fetch with a ball and would take to a frisbee if she were introduced to it. Because she gets her daily exercise and fun things to do, she is calm and relaxed during down time at home or wherever she is.
Chelsea is smart as they come and with the right motivation (chicken/cheese) learns new commands very quickly. She is very attentive to her human, and very much wants to please. Chelsea is always ready to do whatever he asks, and whatever he is up for. Chelsea is completely housebroken. She does not like being in a crate and is not crate trained. She is used to, and fine being free in the house. Chelsea walks fairly well on leash, though she does zig zag a little. If she sees a cat or another dog she will pull. Chelsea loves car rides, and jumps right into the front seat when you open the door. She cocks her head and wags her little stump tail when her person asks her if she wants to go for a ride in the car.
She doesn't have any truly bad habits at home. She is not a chewer, except if she gets a bully stick or other chew treat, and she is not a digger. Chelsea doesn't bark a lot. She will bark at razor scooters and skateboards, and at other dogs on the other side of the fence, or sometimes on walks.
Chelsea does guard only two things against other dogs - her chosen person and her backyard. When her special person is nearby, she will let other dogs know to keep their distance. If another dog or a person approaches her special human, and Chelsea feels a threat from them, she will growl/bark/lunge. However, she has NEVER bitten anyone. She only guards her favorite person, and does not show this behavior when with other members of the family.
Her person adopted Chelsea from the San Francisco SPCA, when she was 6 month old: “She walked right up to me and sat in my lap, and the rest is history.” Each time her people moved they worked with her to gradually get her used to the new place, by only leaving her alone for a short time at first, and then increasing her time alone over the course of a few days. Her people noticed that each time a major change happened in their lives, she had an adjustment phase that they needed to work through.