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Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler

Medium  |  Male

Zak has been in our foster home since he was 6 months old, He was born and sold on an upstate NY farm in Jan 2011. His owners surrendered him to a rescue group. However because he he was too active to live in this foster home of mostly small dogs, we took him into our rescue-foster home in early summer 2011.
He has since been offered for adoption on our web site and has had many potential adopters visit him.. However he has not yet found a safe match. He does not seem to have a preference for male or female adopters, but when meeting a couple he seems to be more comfortable with one of them, if at all. He cannot understand why he should take a walk with a "stranger".
Zak is well adjusted here, affectionate, watchful and VERY playful, Loves to jump and catch water from garden hose. He is still not trusted with small dogs, maybe jealous, or just his herding drive.
He does obey when called or given simple commands.
In cold upstate NY weather he begs to come in asap. Too inquisitive and "paws-on" to roam the house. "Mouthy", sometimes even nippy, but he does not bite. But for that reason he is not safe to live with small children, including little neighbors.
He needs activity outdoors, loves to patrol his large territory. Although he has access to a river, he does not seem to be interested in swimming, but might jump to follow a person.
So it looks like he is a keeper. But we never stop looking, because there might just be a match for him, it is all chemistry.

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