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Pippin Australian Shepherd & Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler Mix lynnwood , WA

  • Young
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Merle (Blue)

About

Characteristics
Friendly, Playful, Smart, Athletic
Health
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.
Good in a home with
Other dogs.

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Meet Pippin

FOSTER OR FOREVER HOME NEEDED:
Meet Pippin! A stunningly, beautiful 11-month-old Australian Shepherd / Australian Cattle Dog mix who came to us from an overcrowded shelter in CA with his brother. He was picked up as a stray at 4 months, adopted out at 5 months, and returned to us at 11 months as his family could no longer care for him. Lucky for you, he got a jump-start in his training from them - already a pro at potty training, quietly sleeping in his crate at night, hanging out quietly at home alone, and working on his manners.

He is true to his breed mix - wicked smart and a fast learner, loyal, loving, energetic, happy and ready for any adventure. A classic "velcro" dog, he will join you wherever you are in the house, and loves just being with you, always with that big smile on his face! That said, he understands that his humans need to go do stuff that doggies can't, and when he's had his physical and mental stimulation needs met, he does great with alone time, patiently and quietly waiting to give you kisses and happy tail wags upon your return. He is full of energy but also has an off switch, able to settle when needed once he's had a chance to work his mind and body. He is a lover of scratches and pets but not much of a cuddler, he will just curl up on the edge of the couch, on the floor right next to you, or in a secluded corner of the room where he feels safe in his "den." Extroverted and easily adaptable, he has received rave reviews when boarded at others' homes with other dogs and older children.

At 32lbs and almost fully grown, he's the goldilocks size - big enough to be nimble on those outdoor adventures, but small enough you can pick him up if you need to, and he won't take up the whole back seat! Pippin is always ready to be active outside, and loves sniffing around in new places. He especially loves running around on the beach, playing in the water, finding good driftwood sticks, and exploring our rocky WA coastlines.

He is a fast learner with strong food motivation and is eager to please. He knows basic obedience commands and quickly adapts to a daily routine and structure. He is potty trained, sleeps quietly in his crate at night, and is quiet and content when home alone (though he still requires supervision when not in a puppy-proofed space, as he still likes to bite and chew interesting things around the house!). He is quickly improving at walking nicely on a leash and is making good progress on being comfortable with basic grooming tasks like brushing and nail trimming. He does wonderfully off-leash, always checking in to make sure you're nearby and responding well to commands to wait up or to take the other fork in the road. His recall is quite good in most situations, even from a great distance, though not yet bulletproof when there are strong distractions like another dog eager to play. He is still working on curbing his mouthiness when excited or when people walk away from him - he just wants you to stay near and play with him! So, we are recommending an adult only home or a home with older children.

Being the life of the party and good-natured, Pippin does well with other dogs, playing nicely and understanding other dogs' signals. When he meets another dog on his level of athleticism, he loves running with them, taking turns playing chase! He also goes nuts for his herding ball and flirt pole, in addition to classic things like fetch and catching balls in his mouth. He would love another playmate in the home to keep him well socialized.

Like many herding dogs, Pippin can be territorial about his home space, vocally reacting to perceived intruders near the home, including visitors. Because of this, he's not yet ready to do well in living situations with shared walls. Once new people are welcomed into the home, however, Pippin is happy and excited to meet them (though he is still working on not jumping up to say hello!). He is still a little overexcited and unsure/curious with small children, so supervision is key, and sometimes he just needs to be separated.

Pippin is up to date on vaccinations, microchipped and neutered. His adoption fee is $500.
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  • Australian Shepherd
  • Young
  • Male