Thanks, all! This is great, keep the stories coming!
Oh, yes - that's Asia, lol - she's the Queen and rules the house This pic is from day 1 with Ember, so Asia is trying to figure out who the H this new dog is, lolShe's adorable
I love the dirty look from the cat in the first picture!
Great feedback, thank you! I'm considering getting Ember into all those as well. Agility and Nosework for sure, and I'm trying to find a FlyBall training facility. Barn hunt sounds fun too!She is gorgeous! I want one!
A lot of your post sounds just like my cattle dog mix. I've had him a year now but he can be a handful. It took me about 2-3 months to lessen the household management some and there is still some of that going on. The part about yours pestering your other dog till the other dog was not wanting to go outside? Yep, that's happened here too. I ended up having everyone sit at the door and call them out one by one. For a long time Hank had to be tethered while around the papillons.
Y'all will figure it out! I remember being overwhelmed.
To answer the question in the OP (I know I'm behind) my cattle dog mix is great. He has a ton of energy and is quite drivey. We do agility and he is incredibly talented. Impulse control is hard for him. He bites really hard and can perform athletic feats none of my other dogs of similar size could perform. He is only 15" tall and almost got over a 6' privacy fence.
He is people friendly but a bit wary. Very very bossy and controlling with other dogs sometimes. As he ages he is less ok with male dogs. He tends to confront situations vs diffuse. He has very high prey drive. Learns things incredibly quickly- way quicker than any dog I've had. He is very versatile and likes a lot of things- lure course, agility, flyball, barn hunt, nosework.
ACD are still relatively rare im my country, but the one i met were very fixated on one person, they all had a high ability to focus themself on one task, which is awesome if is training but annoying if it something else.
they were were all very attentive and extremely intelligent.
from the personality they seemed more "directly challenging" and more involved than BCs for example...less sensitive but very capable of standing their ground in a group of dogs. I like how direct they are, but this of course can also have their down sides.
they seemed like you need to be very consistent for them not to test you and since they very active you need to be willing to exercise them mentally and physically so they don't get bored.