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Jasper Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler Greenfield, MA

  • Young
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Gray / Blue / Silver

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Coat length
Short
House-trained
Yes
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs.
Prefers a home without
Cats.

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TO CONTACT THE FOSTER HOME, email luker.laura@gmail.com. DO NOT use the Petfinder form. Inquiries don't reach us.

Jasper is not for the faint of heart. Think of all the stereotypes you know about cattle dogs - both positive and negative - and he fits all of them. He’s stubborn, mouthy, and hyper. He can be destructive if not properly exercised and supervised. He will take charge of the situation if allowed, and chaos will ensue. He’s also loving, funny, whip smart, athletic, and drop-dead gorgeous. Jasper is not a starter dog and will need an experienced adopter with a calm, patient, firm hand to help him meet his full potential. We believe he might be mixed with some large breed as he weighs in at a whopping 65 pounds and is very solid and powerful. He is house and crate trained, though he will whine and bark in the crate if he thinks you’re listening. He is neutered, heartworm negative, and up to date on all vaccinations and preventives.

Jasper came to the shelter as a stray, a “wild child” with no evidence of formal training. We were told he had barrier aggression and was barky and jumpy and some of the staff were afraid of him. By the time he came to us in foster care, he knew how to sit. We are now working on down, wait, and paw. He picks things up very quickly and is eager to be successful, however he still needs constant supervision. He is always crated in our house when not under direct supervision, and he also wears a leash when moving through the house because he thinks it is a jolly game to grab things and tear them up faster than a human can react. We lost two blankets to his “game” on his first morning in our house. We did not find it nearly as entertaining as Jasper did! These behaviors will likely go away as he finds more positive ways to interact and get what he wants - we’ve already seen a marked improvement in his self control. Training classes would be ideal to help him continue to improve.

Jasper has medium to high energy and will need plenty of exercise. He is at his worst when he is bored and restless and will create his own entertainment - which his humans will not appreciate. He loves leash walks with his people, though he is still learning that it’s not polite to pull. We have not had much opportunity to explore outdoor toys/sports with him as he has been recuperating from his neuter while with us, so multiple daily walks have been needed. He loves a good chew. We learned early on that he will obliterate a soft toy in seconds flat, so we have stuck with tougher things like antlers and Benebones in foster care. When given a new toy, he always spends a moment throwing it in the air and kicking it around, which is completely endearing.

Jasper is affectionate to those he knows and thrives on attention. He will sit by his person and accept pets and scratches indefinitely. He does not always enjoy strangers though, and may growl or lunge if his warnings are not heeded. As he gains confidence this may improve, however we have started him on muzzle training and believe it would be a good idea to continue it. He has been introduced to our resident dogs and was curious, but pushy and dominant. We think he would be completely happy in a home with no other dogs to divide the attention and toys. Otherwise he would need an adopter very experienced with managing introductions and dog interactions. We are unsure about Jasper’s experience with cats.
Jasper is currently being fostered in western MA. You can reach out to his foster mom with questions at luker.laura@gmail.com.

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  • Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
  • Young
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Gray / Blue / Silver

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