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Ellie

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About

Breed

Mixed Breed (Large)

Age

0-1 Year

Gender

Female

Size

Large (> 40 lbs.)

Can Live With

  • Older Children (12+)
  • Needs To Be Only Pet

Spayed/Neutered

Yes

Current on Vaccines

Yes

Specialized Care

  • Behavior Concerns

Location

Lafayette, CA

Biography

I adopted beautiful Ellie sight-unseen having been told she was an 8-week-old 1/2 Great Pyrenees. When I picked her up, I saw she was a 10-week-old shepherd mix, not the calm breed I had been seeking for my old age. Still, my maternal instincts said "She needs a home and I have experience with super smart bundles of energy like this one." She attended puppy socialization classes and has excelled in three obedience classes - way ahead of her peers. Her DNA shows a mix of German Shepherd, Australian Cattle Dog, Belgian Malinois and Border Collie. She is a great obedience, agility, rally, or nose work prospect, and is food-motivated. She is confident, house trained, crate trained, plays fetch endlessly, can find anyone and your car in a parking lot, and is a super dog for someone who can give her the exercise and continued socialization with other dogs she needs. I have been walking/jogging her 3 miles around the reservoir every other day and playing fetch. I have hand-fed her every meal twice a day during my own training sessions. She attends classes twice a week. She loves all adults and children and wags her tail and longingly whines at my cats, but she does not respect their personal space. She will not be too big - perhaps 50-55 pounds is my guess based on her weight so far (41 pounds a week before she turned 6 months.) Her conformation is excellent and if I were single, younger, and had fewer family responsibilities she'd be my best friend and near-constant companion. She has no separation anxiety and is not noisy. She is attentive without being needy. I've trained many dogs of dozens of breeds in the past 60 years, and this is the most talented athletically and intellectually. Example: I taught her to heel backward in one trial. She catches on to what you want and learns new words readily. She will touch a mark on command, go to the bathroom on command, and knows many intermediate obedience exercises, including a long down, and various rally moves. I will only allow this sensitive, talented, proud and eager girl to go to a thoroughly vetted person who understands dog psychology. She gets along so far with my elderly 100 lb. shepherds, but has turned hostile toward my smaller dogs due to competition for my attention and resource guarding. I recommend she be the only dog of a very active person. She has an exceptional nose, steady nerves, bravery, and serious work ethic and would do well in search and rescue, police or detection work, or military operations. Ideally she would be not just a pet.

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