Jack is a 9 month old heeler cross. He is full of life and energy! He has a smile on his face at all times, and absolutely loves people. The shelter he came from said he has successfully been around kids and cats, and he really is a gentle soul...except for his taste for chickens! So, no free ranging chickens at his new home, please. Despite his best efforts, he is a bit of a bull in a china shop, with long legs and body that he can’t quite control yet. We expect him to grow into himself that way! You can flip him over, grab his legs or tail, and poke at him without him getting upset, in fact, he’s just happy for the attention! So far he isn’t nippy like many heeler crosses. He is a good guard dog with a big bark, though he only uses it when someone new is coming home. He would bond strongly to a family and has a ton of love to give. He needs a lot of exercise, and if you left him unattended he would definitely chew or dig. But he is very easy to manage with a crate at night and training and exercise. He really likes to please and learns patterns quickly. He would do best with someone that would let him run all out daily, and continue his obedience training (or agility, or anything that stimulates both his mind and body). It is not hard to ask Jack to sit next to you for long periods of time, he loves to be with you, but he needs to know that your guidance and leadership is important. Once he does, he is happy to stay at your feet quietly for as long as you like. Jack is very sensitive to human emotion, and particularly to any human stress or aggression. He would do best with someone willing to focus on positive behavior work, but still have clear boundaries. He would also not be appropriate for someone who expects him to entertain himself out of a crate for long periods of time, as like most young boys, he would get into trouble, but he does do fine overnight outside of a crate as long as he had enough to do during the day. He also needs more than one or two walks a day. He needs time to stretch his legs and run and play, and would prefer a home with a little space, and probably not in town unless he had a dog sibling to play with and very active owners to make sure he was still entertained despite the lack of open space. He loves to play with other dogs, but will respect a dog that puts him in his place and says no. He just comes on strong as he has a lot of personality! He would do best in a home with another dog with a high play drive, as he really enjoys canine companionship. There is not one stoic bone in his body and you always know what Jack is thinking…and usually that is when do we get to play next!