Chaco is an 8 year old Australian Shepherd. Chaco is a diamond in the rough. Little is known about his past, and he won't talk about it, so you can make up your own back story. We suspect he has had to fend for himself, but since being rescued, he has adapted beautifully to civilization. He came to us overweight, under-exercised and with very little training. He is housebroken, however. In just a few short days, he mastered some basic commands and hand signals…sit, down, back and wait. He also understands ‘no’. He is just such a sweetheart with a wonderful smile and wiggly butt. He gets along great with our female dogs and has been good with every dog and every person he has come in contact with. He is not good with cats and should be in a home without cats or other small pets, as he has a strong prey drive. He got a clean bill of health from his first vet visit. He is overweight and has slight arthritis in his hips, but not enough to need medication. Weight loss will take some of the stress off his hips. He is currently on a weight loss plan, is taking walks, which he loves, and going to the bark park. He needs a fair amount of leash training but is very receptive to being shown what to do. I bought a no-pull harness and he is doing better every day. He is a very strong dog so will need a strong owner. Caution and supervision would be advised if young children are involved, as he loves everyone and could hurt a small one unintentionally. He does get exuberant sometimes (short bursts) but he is very adaptable and easy going. He loves to go for rides in the car and is very well behaved while riding, but needs assistance getting into a vehicle. He has been using pet steps and will be trying out a ramp this weekend. We think he would be a great dog for any owner as long as there are no cats or other small pets involved. He’s very sweet, loves belly rubs and is a charmer. He is not a barker. He loves squeaky toys but is not interested in chasing a ball. Suffice it to say that Chaco would not be available for adoption if he was good with cats, as we have fallen totally in love with him and would be delighted to have him permanently.