Poppy (ADOPTED!) is a 38-40 lb., female Australian Cattle Dog. At 11 months old, she is still very much a pup, who is playful and energetic. She loves meeting and playing with other dogs, and enjoys meeting people when on walks and at the park. Poppy is a big fan of going on hikes and trips to the dog park, where she is very social with everyone she meets. Typical of cattle dogs, she will quickly bond with and adore her people. She is smart as a whip, figures things out quickly, and knows several obedience commands. Poppy is house-trained, and rides very nicely in a car.
Poppy can be a wild child, who needs mental work to challenge her busy brain, as well as active physical exercise, both of which will help tire her out. True to her breed, in the absence of leadership and guidance, Poppy will take the lead and make her own decisions. From the time she was a small pup until now, she was in a home where she either had no boundaries or rules, or her people did not enforce them. As a result, she developed a few behavioral issues that will require some management and effort by new adopters. As a thinking dog, without the mental stimulation these dogs need, Poppy created her own job. She decided, that when in the home, it is her job to protect her people and territory, and warn away strangers. She needs to learn boundaries and structure. The good news is that Poppy is a very smart, young dog, who wants to bond with her people, wants to please, and to have a purpose.
For the reasons above, Poppy needs someone who understands and respects the mental strength of this breed, knows how to meet the needs of a cattle dog pup, and how to motivate and work with her. When Poppy has a strong natural leader she can trust, she will let go of the role of protector and leader, and begin following the rules and boundaries established by her pack leader.
Living in a bustling town and home situation, Poppy has been experiencing sensory overload. She is NOT a dog for a chaotic or busy home situation with frequent visitors. She would do best in a quiet home and area. Ideally we would love to find her an active adult only home on a large property or farm where she can run and stay busy.