Chuckie, you're pretty close. She was about 11 months old when I took the picture. She's not quite two years old now..
When we decided to get another dog, it was me that was reluctant to get a Shepherd, because of some of the bad Shepherds I've seen in working at a vet clinic. My husband talked me into it. Well, guess who the puppy bonded to? That would be me. He wanted a Shepherd, but I got one.
I thought she would be hard on cats, but that turned out to be no problem. She actually mothers kittens. I was worried she would be too agressive with the cattle, but that turned out to be no problem either. She's a real good gate guarder, but not an agressive chaser at all. We don't use her to work cattle as you would a 'real' cattle dog, but right off the bat, when we went to move cattle in the pasture, she seemed to know how to cast back and forth and keep them collected. She never pushes them hard, just keeps them in a herd. It's quite amazing to watch, because we never taught her anything, just let her work on her own. I've discovered since that this is what these dogs were bred for, to keep a herd together while grazing.
They are a demanding breed, though. Want to work. Need to work. You just can't ignore a dog like this or you will have trouble eventually. I guess that's where the 'bad' Shepherds come from, homes where they are left to their own devices.
There, now I've gone and gotten on my Shepherd soapbox... :lol: