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ACD4EVA   

We now have our puppy at home. Last night when he was sleeping on my lap I noticed that his breathing rate was a little fast. Is this normal for a ACD pup at 8 weeks old?

He is still playful and full of energy, eats & drinks really well, goes to the toilet with no problems, and doesn't seem to be in pain. It did start to slow down as the night went on... and throughout the night he still had the energy to wake me up every 3 hours :thumbsup:

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matilda1   

puppies resp rates are always a little higher than a mature dog.

but I woud need to know an actual resp rate to make further comment.

have you taken a temp?

Are gums pink?

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DMA   

Yes, please spam the thread with pics of your gorgeous pup ACD4EVA :(

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ACD4EVA   

Hi DMA,

I haven't taken his temp as yet. But his gums are pink... is this a good thing?

I will try and get some pics soon :laugh:

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DMA   
Hi DMA,

I haven't taken his temp as yet. But his gums are pink... is this a good thing?

I will try and get some pics soon :cheer:

Pink sounds normal to me although a couple of the others could provide better information.

And what a cutie he is :laugh:

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ACD4EVA   
Hi DMA,

I haven't taken his temp as yet. But his gums are pink... is this a good thing?

I will try and get some pics soon :cheer:

Pink sounds normal to me although a couple of the others could provide better information.

And what a cutie he is :p

I spoke with our local vet this morning and they said he is fine and is normal. I have noticed it just looks faster when he has been playing, so he probably is just hot.

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DMA   
Hi DMA,

I haven't taken his temp as yet. But his gums are pink... is this a good thing?

I will try and get some pics soon :laugh:

Pink sounds normal to me although a couple of the others could provide better information.

And what a cutie he is :p

I spoke with our local vet this morning and they said he is fine and is normal. I have noticed it just looks faster when he has been playing, so he probably is just hot.

Good to know everything is fine. I know my red cattledog pants like crazy, when he has been running around for a while, so I got him a clam shell pool. Needless to say he just loves to dive into it, after a big game or somesuch, then runs off into the house getting everything soaking wet! :cheer:

The things we do for love... :cheer:

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Don't forget the weather has been a little warmer over the past few days and the pup will be feeling the heat ..........and this will increase his breathing rate.

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Toolz   

thought i would pop in and say hi and introduce you all to my new baby.. she is 4 weeks at the moment. Her name is Rocker Idol Groupie aka Columbia

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puddles   

Hi all,

Well I am hooked on this breed!! Bought a red, pure but not pedigree male from a petshop nearly two years ago, and since then we have won a couple of obedience trials and nearly have ccd title! I just picked up a pedigree pup yesterday and cant wait to start training her!! I wont ever go back to other breeds or non pedigrees!!

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asal   
So are ACD pups born white?

They certainly are regardless of them being blue or red. It's said they are born white due to the Dalmatian in them.

Got to do with the Merling Geen Same as the dalmation Unfortunatly also caries a deafness gene

merle carries more than a deafness gene. a merle to a merle gives 25 percent pups with vistigal or no eyes. soo i rather doubt the cattle dogs have the "merle" gene. as well anyone who has bred a merle collie or shetland sheepdog can tell you they are not born white

so i susect there is a quite differnt gene in involved

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HELLO ACD TRAGICS,

This is my first post.

In 6.5 hours I will take delivery of an 8 week old blue ACD.

I have an existing 12 year old ACD.

Has anybody been in a similar situation before?

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As in having an older dog and a puppy together?

My old male ACD was good with an ex's staffy pup. The only pup he really had to live with.

Firmly but fairly told the pup about personal space boundaries and then they got on great. ACD's love the company of a bigger family :)

You have to post photos!

I get another ACD pup in 17 weeks.......so long to wait but the mating was only last week. Gives me a bit more time to spend on the current one though!

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Mags   

HELLO ACD TRAGICS,

This is my first post.

In 6.5 hours I will take delivery of an 8 week old blue ACD.

I have an existing 12 year old ACD.

Has anybody been in a similar situation before?

We have done it three times with the older ACD (or kelpie on one occasion) being about 8. Our older dogs were all females and had been well socialised to puppies over the years our house being were friends brought their puppies to safely socialise them to other dogs. The older dogs were also socialised to small animals and regularly had helped look after small animals we had rescued or brought home. Our dogs were also socialised to sheep, cattle and poultry and would gently work them. They would heel cattle if they were resistive but without causing damage. Since they loved puppies introducing a new puppy to the house was easy as they were sure the puppy had been brought home just for them and they took it upon themselves to care for the puppies and teach them house rules.

QUESTIONS

1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc)

We have owned cattle dogs for the last 25 years. We currently do not have one having lost our last ACD in January this year. We still miss the wonderful dogs that have shared our lives. I have previously owned kelpies and had family members that had bred and trialled BCs, and had working line kelpies.

2. Where and why was the breed first developed?

Anyone interested in this breed will find A dog called Blue a must read http://www.adcb.au.com/

3. How common is it in Australia?

Stated to be very common however many of the dogs called ACD's are in fact cross breeds

4. What is the average lifespan?

Whilst our dogs regularly live to 14-15 yrs we lost our last ACD at 6.5yrs

5. What is the general temperament/personality?

I always have thought that the temperament is good but they are a dog that needs to be trained and have boundaries set and need to be part of the family. Not a dog you can stick in the back yard and ignore. Do best if they get to help with all parts of their persons life. Do have very clearly defined personal space and do not appreciate other dogs acting aggressively towards them but then the same could be said about the working line kelpies I knew. both breeds if well trained will ignore aggressive behaviour from other dogs.

6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult?

At least one long walk a day plus play time and do even better if they have another dog to play. Are good doers so can get overweight if they do not receive enough exercise.

7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with?

Would depend on the dog and the support the new owner had. An older trained dog could make a wonderful companion for a first time owner and teach them a lot. Would also depend on how much effort/work/time the new owner was willing to put in.

8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods?

No, not a dog to leave isolated in a small yard. They are smart and can easily get bored and up to mischief.

9. How much grooming is required?

I feel they have quite an easy care coat but it does need regular grooming to stay looking its best particularly when they are changing coats.

10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)?

My husband is disabled and the ACDs were terrific companions for him but our dogs are always trained. An untrained dog imo would not be a good companion for anyone.

11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of?

Late onset PRA - DNA test available - parents results should be made available, deafness (puppies should be BAER tested)

12. When buying a puppy, what are the things you should ask of the breeder? (eg what health tests have been done (if applicable) and what is an acceptable result to those tests so the buyer has an idea of what the result should be) See above also some breeders do a wonderful job with confirmation and health but seem to forget temperament so please be careful. Our working line cattle dogs have had wonderful temperaments, our show line was not so stable. Also check that parents have been tested for HD & luxating patellas.

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Hi Guys,

Stupid question time! Do you think an ACD and a Beagle could get along succesfully?

Thanks claireybell

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