Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian View Post
Sorry I got carried away and never said. First, I'd really want at least a couple, maybe 3. (Oh **** your husband's gonna hate me) They're alot more gritty when there's 3 of them. That pack instinct, ya know? You'd have to have a pretty good dog to go by himself and be able to handle and hold any cow that came along. I want enough dogs in that cow's face that she doesn't even know I'm there until I ride up and lace her up hahaha
This probly goes without saying, but I'd want one that were out of workin' parents, even if they were used on hogs. It's just like horses. So many people have a mare that never gets broke and they raise colts out of her. That's silly to me. I think the sire and dam should prove themselves at least a little.
Other than that, I don't know, I guess I like something that's loud colored so they're easier to see and keep track of in the woods. That can always be solved with a hunter orange collar. I'm sure I'll think of something else.
We raise and sell puppies, but to be honest, I'd want to buy one at least a year old. But I'm kinda that way with my horses too. If I'm buying, I want a 5 or 6 year old so I can put em to work Now. And I'd start em on something small, then work up. But the bad thing about a Catahoula is the better they are, the quicker they'll get hurt and be out of commission. They're great family dogs though.
Oh man...I started out with one..now I have to get three...you are quite the salesman, tee he. That's a commitment. The husband has been thinking about it too. Now isn't the time time to get a pack of dogs, as of now we don't have anything for them to do. I just want to do some research and pick your brain about before I get a wild hair and come home with a half of a litter of pups. I would hate to get a bunch of them dogs, then realize I am in over my head and don't know what to do with them.
But I get your point about having the pack mentality. It does help with the confidence. When we had that Hanging Tree dog he really helped with my dogs confidence going to the head.
I feel the same about breeding dogs and horses...they should prove themselves. The people I worked for down here riding the barrel horses rescued a paint mare, they thought she would make a barrel horse. she was probably one of the most un -athletic horses I have ever ridden in my life and to top it off had a horrible temperment. Finally I told them she isn't going to make the cut, she wouldn't even make a play day horse. So they decided to breed her...WTF....I told them that was a bad idea and explained why. Still bred her...needless to say I quit. Don't ask my opinion if you really don't want to know.
Ok, one last question about the dogs...
How often do you get to work your dogs? Are they ok with not going to work constantly?
I believe if you have a working type dog you should have something for them to do, or they become bored and frustrated.