The Australian Cattle Dog is, I think, one of the most difficult breeds to own if you aren’t experienced and savvy. If you are and you like to do stuff with your dog, they are brilliant. The intensity here is very typical of the breed. Someone once described them as being very much like a border collie, with their obsessions, their brains, and their need for loads of stimulation…except they’re serious. I think that is a very accurate description. They can also be very scrappy biteyheads who are not always great with other animals and kids. They are known for putting on shows, even with those they trust – for example, growling and snarling when you dry their feet with a towel, or do things they don’t care for.

I have always loved the breed. The rescue I’m with has a focus on the ACD, and our first rescue ever was a cattledog cross. I never thought I was meant to own one. Sam only ended up fostering me because he came with multiple unprovoked bites, and local animal control wanted him put down. He does therapy work, bite prevention work, obedience etc and is my test and demo dog. Sam really is a spectacular little cowdog. :)

Sam is a rescued Australian Cattle Dog living in Ontario, Canada.

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NIKON 18-200mm lens at150mm
1/400 at F5.6
ISO 400
July 8 2010, Quebec, Canada


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  • Bianca Turner
    Bianca Turnerabout 4 years ago

    oh goodness this is so very adorable..! a great capture :)

  • Thank you Bianca! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartabout 4 years ago

    Perfect cattle dog capture Jenny….such alert focus…!!!

  • Thanks Meg! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Doggie Paradise

  • Thank you for accepting it! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting it!

    – SamTheCowdog

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 4 years ago

    Adoration in these eyes.. Well done…Shirley Where do you live in Sth. Ont ? I have a daughter lives in Exeter….Shirley

  • Thanks Shirley! I’m in Guelph. I’ve heard of Exeter so I know it’s close. Do you ever make it out this way?

    – SamTheCowdog

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture !!!

  • Thank you Anthony! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 4 years ago

    I used to visit every 2nd Christmas but some poor health kept me home for 6 years and then I just couldn’t be bothered, I am 82 now Sam and all this happened 1992..Have a good day, i only feel like a youngster though. he he Shirley

  • I can see that Shirley…my mom turns 80 next week. Any advice for her on how to deal with the terrible eighties? :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosabout 4 years ago

    Just fabulous – love this one. So much character in those eyes.

  • Thanks BigCat! He’s a really great guy, as I’m sure you know great subjects make it so much more fun. :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • RebeccaBlackman
    RebeccaBlackmanabout 4 years ago

    I love the look in his eyes. Look of love. Love the shot, too….. :o)

  • Thanks Rebecca, he is fun to photograph, sure gives lots of faces. :)

    – SamTheCowdog

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Oh Sam- this is such an appealing capture- well done!

  • Thank you rodeorose! :)

    – SamTheCowdog

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