Posted : 6/30/2011 11:44:01 AM
With that coat color she could have a bit of herder in her -- in the face she looks just like my Socks did (boxer/pit we think) but I can promise you she'll be a great dog.
Since she's got such a great personality, let me put a bug in your ear about getting her CGC (Canine Good Citizen certificate). If you go to the AKC.org website you'll find the section -- many AKC events offer the test.
It's not difficult (10 items from walking on leash, to dealing with distractions, tolerating being brushed/handled as for grooming, a 3 minute supervised time with the owners absent, etc.). Essentially it just is a test showing your dog has manners and is good around others.
When you have a dog of mixed heritage, it's all too easy for an outsider to make snap (and erroneous) judgments. The CGC doesn't 'get' you anything other than it's an excellent tool to have if you ever have an insurance company hassle you about "dangerous breeds" or even an un-friendly neighbor. Being able to say "She's a great dog and has her CGC -- oh that??? It's the AKC certificate essentially saying she's a well-behaved, well socialized dog."
If you ever want to do pet therapy with her it's a starting place for that as well.
I just always try to encourage folks with dogs of heritage that some folks may take umbrage with to have the CGC just "because". It can solve some problems before they arise because it says "This owner CARES".
true story: My Socks was also the sweetest girl. But I had many point to her and grumble about "dangerous dogs". She had a rough life before us and had been massively heartworm positive - so much so that the parasites damaged her heart/lungs so she coughed. She wore a t-shirt all the time (it actually helped keep the coughing under control).
We were at Give Kids the World doing pet therapy one weekend, and Socks was sitting with my husband with a couple of little girls draped all over her. Their father came up to me and said,
"You know -- when I see a dog like that I have to admit I think 'dangerous breed mix' -- but you know what? But a dog sitting there with a T-Shirt really doesn't look threatening."
Yep -- beauty is in the eye of the beholder -- but it made me so aware of how impressions are influenced, but it was often just plain nice to *inform* the un-educated and/or nervous that not only was she well-socialized but the AKC had recognized it.