We love our puppy! We stumbled upon her in a rescue like facility in Crescent City, FL. The owner of the facility’s friend has a Portuguese Cattle Dog who got pregnant. She had 9 puppies and when we found her all that was left were her and her 2 brothers. It was love at first sight. She immediately came to me and my 4-year-old daughter. As my toddler ran around the yard chasing another dog we were interested in Harley happily took a seat next to me and watched our daughter. As our daughter approached me, Harley calmly laid down and was extremely chill. I was sold!
We did have a rough go the first couple of months. At 4 months she escaped under a fence when she got spooked. At 7 months she ate 4 toddler socks that required stomach surgery to remove! (ugh - poor girl!). She ate a corner of a blanket (that thankfully passed on its own), half of a vinyl chew bone, and the other day I found an open safety pin in her mouth! (WHAT!). She needs to be constantly watched for what she puts in her mouth. But I think we have it under control as best we can. If anything it is teaching our daughter to pick up her toys ;o)
She is highly intelligent, sensitive, loving, sweet and overall a wonderful dog! She makes the perfect family dog. She prefers other dogs and children over adults. I am not concerned about her at all around my daughter or her friends. She’s a pup still, so we need to work on her mouthing, but I’m sure she will grow out of that. We did training with her at 6 months – 8 months and that was a game changer! She took to it very quickly and is extremely trainable. She is a little stubborn at times during the reinforcement of training, but we like to say she's thinking! We prefer a dog that can think on their own instead of just taking orders, and Harley is a thinker. Oh, and she loves to go on runs with me, swimming and playing with our daughter. She is the perfect addition to our family. If you can find a Portuguese Cattle Dog I highly recommend you welcome it into your home!