Dover is the reason I breed English Shepherds; he was a dog with heart, intelligence, and incredible patience. He joined our family when our children were ages 6, 4, and 1; when Dover was a year old, we had our 4th child. Needless to say, those were busy years and training the dog was not top of our list of priorities. And yet, he behaved. Sure he liked to run and nip at heels as a pup -- and, he had a puppy chewing stage that threatened the siding of our house. Not once in his 14 1/2 years did Dover ever treat a child with anything less than complete tolerance and good humor, however. His patience was remarkable. Over the years, we added 4 female English Shepherds to the pack -- and he tolerated the moods and mischief they dished out with unfailing good nature as well.
Dover was one of the most sociable and outgoing English Shepherds you will meet... never met a stranger. He was a definite "foodie", and his one vice was a willingness to help himself to food left within reach. Given all the hand-outs the kids were giving in those formative years, he can hardly be blamed for feeling entitled!
Dover had normal hips (x-ray at age 2). He was a sturdy, athletic dog, on the large side for an English shepherd. He only worked with livestock on a few occasions, on which he showed level headedness and good instincts.
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