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Belgrael
01-25-2007, 09:02 PM
How would you rate the ACD and would you own them again.

Annie
02-01-2007, 12:12 PM
I would definately be owned by another ACD someday. Especially if they had the same personality as Meg.;)

However, I am not sure Meg is ready to give up being an only (four legged) child. She rather likes being the princess of the family.;)

As you can see from our picture, Meg comes to the office with me everyday so I am not sure the office could handle two.:confused:

So, for right now, I am very happy with my four legged shadow!;)

BRB Ranch
04-11-2007, 09:24 PM
Definitely! I have always been owned by ACD's and I'm in the process of getting another one! I have owned other dogs in my life time in different relationships and as a kid, but "MY" dog has always been an ACD!!!

Jakie's Mom
04-26-2007, 12:02 AM
I didn't know much about ACD's when I got Jake, but they are the best! I wouldn't want any other type of dog! They are so smart, loyal, and down right nutty! I love em! Laura

jomarie6466
04-26-2007, 03:30 PM
I have had ACD's for 18 yrs and can't imagine not having at least one. I was so spoiled by my first ACD mix-Josie-who was so easy-going and no trouble at all. So I was in for a big surprise when I took in my first rescue, Annie, who had all kinds of issues. But I still have Annie and happily she has turned into a good dog. I have 4 ACD's at the moment and have helped to re-home 3 ACD's within the last year so I guess I am pretty committed to the breed.

winddrover
05-30-2007, 07:04 AM
never another breed for me!!

:s11::s11::s11:

nlper999
06-24-2007, 03:44 PM
Never had a dog before, and got Ruby never having heard of an ACD or "Heeler."

Absolutely the best, I will never have another kind of dog.

DingoDaz
08-28-2007, 11:47 PM
After having our own 'Pack' of Bluey's. Buddy as a pup 15 years ago from a cattle station in Kalgoorlie, Poppy his mate two years after and retaining Teddy, their Son two years after that. They have been our 'familly'. We now have Loxie the Dingo bitch yearling. We had intended Loxie as mate for Ted. The Dingo, the ancestor of the modern ACD seemed an obvoius choice for Ted. On becoming more aware of the plight of the Dingo in our own country and their imminant extinction as a pure breed through 'hybrisation' and Australian Govenment sposored genocide, we have come to the realisation that to mate Teddy and Loxie would be completely unethical and only serve to satisfy our own Egos and the personal desire to retain Buddy, Poppy and Teddy's bloodlines within our 'familly'.. We are hopeful that we will find Ted an ACD mate outside our own household and his ideal temperment, physical strength and personal character, inherited from his parents can continue in his decendants. Even if it is not in our familly it is important to us that Bud, poppy & Ted's familly continue..

It is extremely difficult to think of not having ACD's in our lives, but we have decided that we have a moral obligation moreso to helping preserve the pure DNA of the Dingo.

Ideally we could have both ACD's and Dingoes. Hopefully we can achieve our ambitions of owning a property large enough to accomodate both an ACD family and Loxie's heritage. Thankfully there are many people out there in the world such as yourselves that appreciate the ACD, and can carry on the great work. Sadly there are not enough who are aware of the demise of the Dingo and the need for imediate action.

We struggle with the thought of not having Ted's bloodline continue but there is a bigger picture to see and we realise that it is not about our 'wants'


Ted the ACD stealing Loxie's bone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2mKp9-b4g8

Loxie & Ted digging up Leigh's bamboo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_YMFm6-lC4

Ngasha
09-01-2007, 06:17 PM
I LOVE Capt. Jack but methinks one Cattleboxer is enough! If I outlive my dogs I want a red just like little Cosmos, and if my dogs outlive me I'll be waiting with Cosmos at the bridge. Can't do better than a handsome red ACD--although my blue queen-bitch would snarlingly disagree!

k9blueheeler
09-04-2007, 07:00 PM
This is the breed for me. I was raised with German Shepherds, and Afghan Hounds. For endurance the ACD is the best one for me. They are a tough and stubborn but then again so am I.

Michelle,Bandit,Gryffindor,and Draco

Buela's Mom
10-20-2007, 08:37 PM
My Buela is only 11 months and I have already told DH that we will be getting another when she passes (we currently have 3 other dogs plus her)

There is nothing like not having to have an alarm clock anymore because a 30lb puppy has leapt on your chest is now licking your face and ears, complete with head butts.

MICKEYSMOM
08-24-2008, 06:53 PM
HONESTLY, AFTER HAVING MICKEY NOW FOR ALMOST 3 YEARS, WE LOVE HIM DEARLY, AND WE ARE IMPRESSED BY HOW SMART HE IS, BUT HE HAS JUST TOO MUCH ENERGY FOR MY HUSBAND AND ME.

AT THIS POINT IN OUR LIVES (OLD) WE REALLY NEEDED A MUCH CALMER/QUIETER AND LESS DEMANDING DOG (HE JUST WANTS TO PLAY ALL THE TIME). I DON'T FEEL HE WAS THE BEST CHOICE FOR US.

I WOULD NEVER GET ANOTHER ACD, NOR WOULD I EVER RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE I KNOW, UNLESS I MEET SOMEONE WITH A FARM AND THEY NEED A HERDING DOG OF COURSE.
:s4:

nlper999
08-24-2008, 07:58 PM
Wow, we are likewise retired, and would never have anything other than an ACD. Ruby is busy, but we spend so much time just talking to her you could almost call her a couch potato. She wants to please us so much, she matches our energy.

Miss Marlie
08-25-2008, 12:35 AM
I adore this breed. I could not go a day without an ACD and I will always have at least one or more. This breed is so intelligent and funny at the same time. I just love them. I have sisters Kate and Lola they are 7 and I can't tell you how these to girls help me through one of the most diffcult years of my life last year. When I needed some love one or both of them would be right at my side.

Miss Marlie and my girls Kate and Lola

rottalma
08-25-2008, 08:50 AM
Having Rotts and Cattle Dogs the differences between them are quite subtle . The Rotts are easy going the ACDs in your face, In another way they are so alike both are extremely smart and tremendously loyal to their family They are both good honest no nonsense dogs Would I have another ACD well 4 years after Brody Willis has arrived so the answer is a big YES. Brody & Scrumpy (Rott) may have litters next year and I would like at least 2 babies Mmm I think I am addicted to 2 great breeds:biggrin2:

Ringtailroxy
03-05-2009, 11:09 PM
I enjoy the stoic perseverance and intelligence of the ACD. I sometimes forget how hard it was to live with YZ for the first 3 years, but then, magically, he hit maturity around 4 and he was a calm, respectable dog with excellent people skills, unending patience with small animals, and as obedient as I could ever desire a dog to be.

I am patiently awaiting news from Melissa (& Jake!) for when the right ACD comes into R & R for my family.

RTR

TexasCDLorenz
03-06-2009, 01:05 PM
Having Rotts and Cattle Dogs the differences between them are quite subtle . I am addicted to 2 great breeds:biggrin2:

Same here! I will always have a Rottie and I thought I would always have a Heeler, but after being on this forum and attending shows with my ILPd dogs- I've started to wonder what breed my so called Heelers are? Whatever they are- I love their personalities and their quirks. The extreme hyper activity- the meltdowns- the strange high-pitched noises they make. But unlike the Rottie, who are good with other animals- my Texas Heelers think of small animals as fast food:s4:

Artisanlady
03-06-2009, 02:57 PM
Max is my first ACD and I've had many breeds throughout my life (mostly all herding breeds). They are incredibly intelligent which is of major importance when I choose a dog (also why I like herding dogs.) I also love their quirky personalities (clown dogs.) However, the energy level is different and must be considered by anyone adopting these dogs. They require LOTS OF EXERCISE if you truly desire to make THEM happy. I was somewhat of a couch potatoe before Max, and no more couch potatoe for me baby, so I guess even when I'm cursing him under my breath (ha ha), he was an excellent choice for me as well as for my health. I do understand why they are not the dog for everyone, but I adore my Max and will undoubtedly own another.

Dear Lord: Could my next one please be more relaxed and calm. . .

nlper999
03-06-2009, 05:11 PM
- I've started to wonder what breed my so called Heelers are? Whatever they are- I love their personalities and their quirks. The extreme hyper activity- the meltdowns- the strange high-pitched noises they make. But unlike the Rottie, who are good with other animals- my Texas Heelers think of small animals as fast food:s4:
SOunds like an ACD to me. Especially the noises. And small animals are not fast food, they are chew toys.

nlper999
03-06-2009, 05:22 PM
[quote=Artisanlady;94654]They require LOTS OF EXERCISE if you truly desire to make THEM happy. quote]

I have the relaxed and (relatively) calm Ruby. We have so many critters and distractions, she wears herself out just watching the front yard.

I have, on a lazy day, been known to take the laser pointer out and run her around the yard.

Artisanlady
03-06-2009, 06:36 PM
[quote=Artisanlady;94654]They require LOTS OF EXERCISE if you truly desire to make THEM happy. quote]

I have the relaxed and (relatively) calm Ruby. We have so many critters and distractions, she wears herself out just watching the front yard.

I have, on a lazy day, been known to take the laser pointer out and run her around the yard.

I've heard that the red ones are calmer - is there any truth to that? It really doesn't seem logical to me that color could have anything to do with it???

nlper999
03-06-2009, 06:58 PM
[quote=nlper999;94675]

I've heard that the red ones are calmer - is there any truth to that? It really doesn't seem logical to me that color could have anything to do with it???

Ruby can be as uncalm as any blue, and hyper to end all hyperness, but she is normally pretty good.

But we went to the casino Wednesday and came back yesterday after getting a panicked call from the dog sitter Ruby wouldn't let her into the house. My phone had died and it was 24 hours before I got the call. Turns out the sitter had forgotten to look in the barbecue for doggie bribes.

Came home and she still had to check the yard and alley and leave a pee mail post it before having a long homeric pee.

ZsaZsa'sMom
04-16-2009, 10:58 PM
Hi,
My ZsaZsa is 14 years old. She is a tough little girl and I love that in her. We had our challanges when I first got her and we had to grow together. She is my girl and my little shadow, she has never ever been agressive against any human and never started a fight with another dog, but never backed away when challanged. If I knew that I would get another awesome Tempered ACD as my ZsaZsa yes I will have another one but I have also seen some Nutty once and that scares me a little:roll1:.
My ZsaZsa never destroyed anything in the house or yard, she has always been calm in the house and she let the dog out outside. She has been awesome with first my Dani and now with Bogart. She was always aloof with strangers (staying out of their way) but never agressive, so if a stranger had to pet her she will let em. She has been always awesome with any Kids any age specialy little Toddlers she loves and little once like her since she is very calm and gentle around them. All in all my girly is perfect in every way:paw:.
Elke, ZsaZsa and Bogart

Frank jb
03-18-2010, 09:41 PM
My first ACD mix was 15 when I got her. (She lived to be 20.)

Beau was two when she came and I didn't have the foresight to figure
how different they'd be. But I'm beginning to take
Beau, the younger, in stride.

nuthinflatranch
03-18-2010, 09:41 PM
I think the poll is too open ended. Rate them for who? They are the only breed for me and my family as we have a lifestyle that dovetails well with the needs of an ACD. Would I recommend the breed to one of my collegues at work that lives in suburbia with small children? probably not.

RedDirtRoad
03-19-2010, 11:28 AM
I'll be honest, and perhaps the biggest downer on here, it would depend on the pup. After the trouble I had with Cash, I didnt want another one. I've still got scars on my arms and legs from her. In the end her personality, she just wasn't the dog for me.

If I could get another one like Rodeo, then yes. That dog loves me beyond reason...and I'll never know why.

snowrebby611
03-19-2010, 11:37 AM
i wont get another puppy tho! I'll def rescue an adult acd in a heartbeat when the timing is right.

nuthinflatranch
03-19-2010, 04:09 PM
I find it facinating that the poll result graphic and the tone of the posts are nearly polar opposites. At least one of the posts completely shocked me in fact. I think based on this we should recommend that all breeders keep thier pups until they turn two before unleashing them upon the world. (Tongue firmly planted in cheek)

nlper999
03-27-2010, 12:03 PM
i wont get another puppy tho! I'll def rescue an adult acd in a heartbeat when the timing is right.

I won't even take a baby kitten now. Ruby was 8 months when we got her, and that was a pretty rocky year, but all is lovely now. But next dog will definitely be an older adult rescue, as you say, when timing is right.

maikastar
03-27-2010, 09:12 PM
I'd be perfectly happy to take on another adult...but I don't want to deal with puppies - but that's puppies of any breed.

nancyap
08-09-2011, 07:17 PM
We have two ACD's - both rescues/rehomes. I love them dearly but had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. Gypsy, our first one, came from a lab rescue and she is most definitely nothing like a lab. LOL.

I hope that they live to be 20 years each and that we grow old together. Our next dog will also be a cattle dog but I will be adopting a Senior next time because I will be close to 70. I feel like I have a four year old child and a two year old child in the house. They are full of antics all day long. The puppy causes trouble and the older one tattles on her. I always did love kids.
:):)

Msjinwi
08-10-2011, 04:18 AM
I think I would say they are not a beginner's dog. I had many dogs, both fosters and my own, before encountering my first ACD. I learned after the fact, but am thankful everyday. He has made me a better dog owner, a better person. I've learned the importance of "now" and the joy of a challenge. I now have 3 and can't see my life without them.

The1AndOnlyWay7
08-12-2014, 08:57 PM
Is our ACD mix Maggie our first pup together? Yes. Was she and is she still super challenging? Yes. Do we love her? Yes. Would we want to get another ACD pup? Probably not. Would we want to get another pup of any breed? Probably not. Would we like to rescue an adult ACD? Absolutely when the time is right. I notice some different opinions and some sour responses but I think there is a lot of misinterpretation. Us not wanting another pup has nothing to do with the ACD breed it has to do with the challenges of puppies. It's been a super fun experience but we prefer not to do it again. That's a preference and not all will agree. ACDs are now my favorite breed so there is no "hard" feelings towards them. I think they are spectacular, smart, fun, hilarious, and adorable. We wouldn't give Maggie up for anything!

nlper999
08-13-2014, 02:05 AM
I tried to post, but nothing I typed made sense, so I typed in another program, and when I pasted it in it was gobbeldy gook. Sorry.

Laurarenken
08-13-2014, 11:07 AM
I am a softie for reds. Though my blue is sooo darn cute. LOL All three of mt dogs are totally different in personality. Totally. Gypsy is sweet and gentle in nature. Slick is wired and on alert all the time but very loving. he is the fun police. Zoey is very laid back until a strange dog approaches or she is around food. She is the one we have to manage properly. Zoey and Slick or very prey driven. Love the ball and frisbee. Gypsy is content to watch them from the window. Gypsy would make a great dog around children. I love all three.

sharirus
08-13-2014, 10:30 PM
I'm going to have to reserve my vote for a while to truly tell the truth.

This is our first dog and I love her ....but

There have been so many things to get used to in the last 10 months with having a dog and right now I honestly would say wouldn't do it again.

The worst thing I have found with having a dog is I have to talk to everyone when I'm out with her. I am not a social person by nature and I've really had to adapt to talking with people (and their dogs) that I would have had nothing to do with before. I also don't like how people give me the evil eye when I'm out just because I have a "mean" looking dog.

It's always a big deal when I go out and I never have any privacy.

Galaxy Blue
08-16-2014, 10:26 PM
Saahara ruined it for me big time. I love the breed, but there are a lot of breeds that I work with everyday. I have made a list of what breeds I would never have and what breeds I may have someday. Can ferrets be an option? LOL I know for sure I think I will always have ferrets. I thought for a moment maybe I shouldn't get anymore after Willie and Binx, but then I got Kodi. Galaxy is a very special dog, I don't think I can ever replace her with another ACD. But I think I will always have one deaf dog from a rescue, that I know I want again.

TLC0113
12-04-2014, 01:34 PM
I have rescued two, year old dogs. The first, our Sheltie Andy who lived out 15 beautiful, manageable, loving, gentle, crazy (but controllable) sweet years with us. Now there is Elliot, our year + old ACD mix who has caused more stress and strife and trouble and pain in his three months with us than Andy did in 15 years. Who knows from where it comes - he was definitely abused, has a fear of things falling on him, and has the added bonus of being a tough as nails, stubborn, teenager. BUT that said, his goofy- stand on his head-bowl me over in enthusiasm-wiggle his butt while he is sitting waiting for lunch to be served-die for me devotion-complete and utter desire to do what I want, antics, make me realize that I will probably only ever have ACDs as dogs, for the rest of my life.

The length of which will be decided by Elliot's progression through adolesence, of course... :duh!:

It's funny, I had the perfect (for me) dog in Andy, or so I thought. But now I realize he was the perfect for me then, dog. SmElliot is my perfect for me dog now.

leesam
12-04-2014, 11:51 PM
When I see the title of this thread, it makes me think of the old HotOrNot site (I think the people doing the same thing these days is Tinder)