I adopted my first ACD earlier this month. In fact, she's the only one I've really been around much in general. I've read about the breed, but reading can only tell you so much, you know? So, I've made a few observations about her, and I'm curious if they're breed things or Cayenne things.
-Are your ACDs very vocal? Cayenne is SILENT. I haven't heard her bark once since I've had her, and she very rarely whines or makes any other kind of vocalization. This is crazy to me, because my other dog is a border collie mix, and he could wake up the whole neighborhood when he starts.
-She's completely dog-stupid. Wants to be friends with them, but only manages to piss them off. Her bullying seems inadvertent, because she's quick to roll over and cower when they get mad at her. I'd love to figure out how to teach her to interact with more savvy, but I know this isn't something a human can teach her (I think?).
-Really coarse coat. Is this the result of a bad prior diet, or are they supposed to feel this bristly? I'm brushing her every single day and conditioning her coat whenever I bathe her, just in case it's in bad condition.
-Her tail is docked, which I found weird. Is that standard for working ACDs or something? All the other ones I've seen have had full tails.
-She seems to be always and forever hungry. My other dog has a really tame appetite, so he's easy to figure out how much to feed. As for Cayenne, though, I'm not sure what a good ballpark estimate is of how many cups per day to feed her. Ideas? She's 33 pounds.
I'd be thrilled to hear about any breed quirks I'm unlikely to find in overview writing, too! I only know the basics- active, herder, intense, intelligent, etc- and not much else.