Looking for a friend who works hard and plays hard? Sign me up! Bred to herd sheep, I’m a dog that loves having a job to do. One of the smartest and most obedient breeds, count on me to learn tasks and tricks quickly. I have boundless energy and stamina, and if I’m not working on the farm, then I need a lot of physical and mental activity every day to keep me settled and content. I do like to chase small animals.
I’m an affectionate family dog who likes to cuddle, but I’m not a layabout. Be prepared for a dog who likes to be engaged. I don’t do well in apartments and hate being alone. First-time dog owners might find me a handful.
I have a double coat that may be rough and medium length, or smooth and short length. My coloring is usually black with white on the face, neck, legs, and tail (with or without tan), but I can be any bicolor, tricolor, merle, or solid color. The weather-resistant coat requires weekly brushing to eliminate matting and about three baths a year. I’m of medium size, standing 18 to 23 inches and weighing 30 to 45 pounds.
Hip dysplasia is a major health concern, with lesser risks for OCD, PDA, and eye problems such as retinal atrophy, lens luxation, CEA, and PPM. With proper care, I should be a loyal companion for 10 to 14 years.