Doc, is a delightful, dashing 6 month old red and white smooth coat Border collie. To add to his beauty, charm, and character, Doc has a 2/3 length tail! We don’t know if he was born with a naturally short tail, or if it is due to an accident, but whatever the cause, it doesn’t bother Doc in the slightest!
Doc is a happy, bouncy bundle of fun! His favorite thing to do is anything his people are doing. If you want to snowshoe, Doc wants to snowshoe. If you want to play soccer, Doc wants to play soccer. If you want to cuddle, Doc wants to cuddle. If you want to chill in front of the fireplace, Doc is right there with you! Although he absolutely loves HIS people, Doc can be shy around new people. Given just a little space and time, Doc warms up and becomes everybody’s friend!
Doc had a rough beginning in life and was surrendered to a rural shelter for having too much energy and being somewhat fear reactive. (As always, there is more to that story….) We haven’t seen a lot fear, but we do see a happy, impressionable, extremely intelligent pup with strong opinions! Doc’s rough start is behind him now! He does not dwell on the negatives in his life. His world is roses and sunshine! Doc does very well with other dogs. His best friends include a Doberman, a heeler, a hound, a hound/GSD mix and his foster family’s 5 Border collies. He reads other dogs well and interacts with those who want to interact and respects those who don’t. Doc also does well with cats! He has been around horses with no problems.
Doc will require a good dose of daily exercise as he grows. He walks/hikes/snowshoes/etc. for 25-30 minutes now, but that will need to increase as he matures. When he gets daily physical and mental stimulation Doc is mellow and is very happy to relax and chill. He has a great “Off” switch. Doc is eagerly learning basic commands (sit, down, wait, stay), how to walk on a leash, house training and crate training. He is doing very well in all aspects of his training. He is a fun dog to teach!
Doc will thrive in a loving home where he is a valued member of the family and can take part in most family activities. Due to his rough start, Doc should not be in a home with children under the age of 10. Doc needs a job (agility, hiking, biking, skiing, obedience, moving livestock, etc.), a breed savvy home and gentle, soft, consistent and firm leadership. Doc adores his people and gives his whole heart and soul to them.
UPDATE ON DOC! Doc the little red dynamo is growing up and has earned the nick name of Prince Charming, because he charms his way into everyone’s heart – dog, cat, man, woman and child! Doc is full of happiness and keeps everyone laughing! Doc now meets people with enthusiasm and joy, though is still reserved with some. He has mastered basic manners and is very easy to be around! He is good in the house and can be left loose for a few hours. He likes his crate and if his foster family is going to be gone for more than a few hours, he happily goes to his crate. If he has a Kong with peanut butter, he is the happiest crated puppy in the world!!! Doc is an energetic puppy and is full of vim, vigor and vitality, but at the end of the day all he really wants to do is be close to you and snuggle! Doc was surrendered to the shelter as a border Collie, but after spending time with Doc we suspect he has some Australian shepherd in him as well. That would also explain his tail length Doc is very athletic and intelligent; no surprise there considering his breed(s). We think he will probably be 35-40 pounds when he is full grown. Doc is pretty uncomplicated. All he asks for in life is an active family who loves him, cares for him, treats him fairly, keeps him safe and includes him in most of their activities. In return Doc will give LOTS of love, laughter and loyalty.