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German Shepherd Dog / Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler / Mixed (medium coat)

Details about Neffy

  • ID D240167
  • Adoption Fee: $450
  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog / Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler / Mixed (medium coat)
  • Gender: Female
  • Coat Length: Medium
  • Current Weight: 70.0 lb.
  • Estimated Birthdate: 8/11/2022

Neffy's Compatibility Attributes

  • Good with Dogs: Yes
  • Good with Kids: Yes
  • Good with Adults: All

Neffy's Personality and Behavioral Qualities

  • Housetrained/Littertrained: Yes
  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Cratetrained: Yes
  • Leashtrained: Yes
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly
Other Traits:
    Lap pet, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Eager to Please, Intelligent, Gentle, Goofy, Good in Car, Enjoys Swimming, Likes Fetch, Plays with Toys

Neffy is appx 1.5yr old now. I had an Embark done on her, she's 31% German Shepherd, 23.8% Cattle Dog, 22.8% Pitbull, 14.6% Golden Retriever, and 7.8% Boxer!  She   is vaccinated and spayed. Crate trained, quiet in a crate, completely housebroken, and she reliably asks to go out to potty by ringing the bells on the back of the door!  She's great with other dogs.  I've taken her to meet my friends’ dogs and hike and swim. I hike with her on a long line, but her recall is pretty good so I think I could get her off leash with more training. We took her to a 3 acre fully fenced Sniffspot last weekend so she could run with her friends, she did great!   She doesn't love the water.  We took her to The Paw in Mankato, and she got in willingly, but doesn't seem to understand what to do. But I think she'd enjoy it with more exposure.

I have a young puppy and a 15 year old Aussie, and she's been great with both. Her best friend is my bestie's 100lb Yellow Lab boy. She's respectful of my crabby old man dog, and she wrestles pretty rough with the puppy, so we keep her leashed when they are out together, but as puppy grows up they're more evenly matched.

She has a pretty good prey drive, so I don't know how she'd be with cats. She wants to chase squirrels and rabbits. Sometimes she'll come out the back door stalking low to the ground like a panther, thinking she's going to pounce on some prey. It's pretty humorous.

She's super chill in the house, sometimes when I can't sleep I'll come out and sleep on the couch, and she just curls up into a ball next to me on the couch and stays there all night. She'd probably love to sleep in bed with her people.  She's really smart — training her has been relatively easy.  She knows sit, down, come, shake, kennel up, rollover (has to be lured since we don't ask it much), touch (hand) and we've been working on acclimating her to the treadmill since winter is fast approaching!  She's both food and toy motivated. Right now I'm working on her Novice Trick Dog title.  I've left her loose in the house for short bursts while I run an errand and she's just waiting at the door for me when I return. Not been destructive, but she will gut a stuffy for it's squeaker.    Neffy will sit next to her empty water bowl and stare at you to tell you she wants water and that you let her bowl get empty. 

She's awesome in the car. I've had her both crated and loose and she's happy either way. She will whine for a few minutes sometimes once we start moving, but will stop.   Belly scratches are life. She'll roll over next to you on the couch and demand belly scratches.  She's good in public and at the vet. We've taken her to stores before and she's pretty good!

Neffy is an exuberant and strong pup with a heart of gold! She's full of energy and enthusiasm, especially after a day indoors, though she may inadvertently knock over smaller individuals due to her size and excitement. Despite her imposing presence, she genuinely believes she's a lightweight at heart, embodying a playful spirit reminiscent of a much smaller dog.

Managing Neffy's grooming can be a bit challenging as her nails are tough to trim, but we're actively working on desensitizing her to the process, aiming for a smoother experience for both of us. While she may bark to alert us of activity outside, it's the only time she really vocalizes indoors, demonstrating her attentiveness to her surroundings.

One minor concern is her occasional tendency to resource guard her space, particularly around meal times, especially from her senior Aussie companion. However, these instances are infrequent and have never escalated to harm. Neffy shows remarkable respect in these situations, either gracefully stepping aside or playfully relocating her prized possessions.

When excited, Neffy tends to jump up, which may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's a testament to her affectionate nature. At around 70lbs, she's a substantial presence, making leash walking a bit of a workout without proper equipment. However, with a prong collar or Gentle Leader, she walks much more comfortably, though she may try to wriggle out of the latter. Overall, Neffy is a lovable and spirited companion, continually learning and growing alongside her human family.

She's a really sweet, surprisingly well behaved giant puppy. She's gorgeous. I think she would rock at scent work! I have a birch kit I've been meaning to try with her, but I've never done it so I've been hesitant to start. Somebody is going to be blessed to have her.  I hope she can find a home that's active and will dote on her. My husband and I are lazy after work during the week and she's happy to chew on a bone while we watch a movie. Neffy is a very forgiving dog. She doesn't hold grudges. She's easy, happy, sane, expressive, and super loving!  

Neffy is from a local owner surrender. If you are interested in getting to know this animal better, please fill out an adoption application. An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal and is not a binding contract.

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