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overview of the Hangin Tree Cowdog Dog Breed
Known for their courage and spunk, Hangin Tree Cowdogs are a fearless breed that can handle anything. They were bred to stand up to the toughest cattle, and they have energy and intelligence to spare.
If you need a sparky companion, one of these dogs could be for you! You can also check out our other available dog breeds on our “all breeds” page.
Hangin Tree Cowdog temperament
Courageous and assertive: Bred to take on the toughest cattle, this scrappy breed is brave and tough enough to handle whatever life throws at it.
Loyal: The HTC’s herd-dog ancestry makes it an intensely loyal and devoted companion.
Strong Work Drive: These dogs have a strong work drive and are motivated by tasks and challenges. They thrive in environments where they have a job to do.
Herding dog: Hangin Tree Cowdogs were bred to be working dogs, and they have strong herding instincts. Don’t be surprised if your puppy tries to corral everything it meets.
Agile: Hangin’ Tree Cowdogs are agile and quick on their feet, which is essential for effective herding. They can move swiftly and make sharp turns to control livestock.
Intelligent: These dogs have smarts! On the ranch, they needed to be intelligent enough to learn commands and control large herds of livestock.
Active: As herd dogs on the ranch, this breed had to have the stamina to run after livestock for hours. You can imagine this makes for an active, energetic dog! This paired with their intelligence makes them prime candidates for dog sports and search and rescue missions.
It’s important to note that Hangin’ Tree Cowdogs are primarily working dogs, and their traits and behaviors are often tailored to the demands of ranching and herding. As such, they may require experienced handlers and specific training to fulfill their potential. Proper socialization and consistent, positive reinforcement-based training are crucial to ensure they become well-adjusted and obedient dogs.
Hangin Tree Cowdog Breed history
The Hangin Tree Cowdog was developed by Gary Ericsson on his ranch, The Hangin Tree Ranch. His goal was to create the perfect cattle herding dog.
He needed a dog with intelligence and strong herding instincts. The dog needed to be able to withstand harsh elements and abuse from livestock, as well as possess the stamina to run for hours.
He finally settled on a mix of four breeds:
- – ⅜ Border Collie
- – ⅛ Catahoula
- – ¼ Kelpie
- – ¼ Australian Shepherd
This mix created a tough, scrappy herding dog with a slick coat that was able to challenge large livestock and work long days in all kinds of weather: the Hangin Tree Cowdog.
Take note that not every Border Collie/Catahoula/Kelpie/Aussie mix is a Hangin Tree Cowdog. Only puppies descended from Ericsson’s original dogs are true HTCs.
Hangin Tree Cowdogs are not an official AKC breed. However, they are widely supported by the Hangin Tree Cowdog Association.
Hangin Tree Cowdog Average size
Hangin Tree Cowdogs usually weigh 40-60 lbs.
Average Hangin Tree Cowdog lifespan
One of the most incredible things about the Hangin Tree Cowdog is its lifespan. These tough as nails dogs can live from 20-30 years!
Hangin Tree Cowdog body features
Hangin Tree Cowdogs have mixed genetics, so they can have almost infinite appearances. They have short, slick coats of hair, not fur, and can be basically any color you can imagine.
They are medium-sized dogs with strong muscles, heavy bone structures, and long legs. They usually have large paws that help them run fast over all types of terrain.
grooming Your Hangin Tree Cowdog Puppy
Because of their short, slick coats Hangin Tree Cowdogs are easy to groom. They only need brushing once every week or two to get rid of dander and loose fur.
However, they do like to roll around and get dirty, so you may have to give your HTC puppy regular baths.
Your dog will also need its nails trimmed and teeth brushed regularly.
Keeping Your Hangin Tree Cowdog Puppy Healthy
The good news is that Hangin Tree Cowdogs are incredibly tough and barely suffer from health issues! They are incredibly hardy dogs.
However, be sure to keep an eye out for these problems just in case:
You can protect your HTC puppy from one of the most common health problems: obesity. One of the best ways to extend your dog’s life is by feeding them the correct amount of food and giving them adequate exercise.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Like all dog breeds, HTC puppies are at risk for hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues in dogs.
Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the thigh bone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip and can result in limping, lameness, or arthritis if it’s not addressed.
Hip and elbow dysplasia can be genetic, or it can be caused by environmental factors such as overeating or injuries.
Here are some ways to prevent hip dysplasia in your puppy:
- 1. Ask the breeder for an OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Hip Clearance. Dogs with hip dysplasia shouldn’t be bred.
- 2. Talk to your vet about the right food for your puppy and stick to the correct amount to prevent unhealthy growth.
- 3. Keep your puppy from running or jumping excessively on hard surfaces and from standing on their hind legs.
Bloat is when the stomach becomes twisted, and the gases in the stomach are unable to escape. The pressure from these gases affects the blood flow to the heart, and it can be fatal.
To prevent bloat:
- 1. Avoid feeding your dog right before or after heavy exercise.
- 2. Feed them a few smaller meals a day instead of one large meal to prevent bloat.
- 3. Learn to recognize the symptoms of bloat so you can take action immediately.
Some owners choose to have surgery done to tack their dog’s stomach in place and prevent it from twisting.
Typical Hangin Tree Cowdog Allergens
First of all, what causes allergies?
Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells. Both animals and humans shed these dead skin cells. Dander is attached to the fur that dogs shed.
Hangin Tree Cowdogs are not considered hypoallergenic.
If you or someone in your home has animal allergy concerns, please consult your health provider before adopting a puppy.