Smart and very easily trainable. Just two ten minute sessions a day till 15 weeks old and this breed is well on their way to providing you with loyalty, help and companionship. My male is a black tipped sable Cotralian with a black noise, feathered tail and brown eyes. His legs and ears have similar grooming and characteristics to his cocker spaniel half while his back fur and over length, height and size is his Australian Shepherd half.
Bruno is just over 1 year old and has an extremely high vocabulary. He is fully trained and has 100% understanding with words and/or hand signals with the following: sit, stay, lay, roll, bang, kennel, inside, outside, up, down, off, here, ball, bell trained, fetch, drop, leave, get, wake, bone, ball, food/eat, drink/water, speak, knows our entire households names and will preform tasks in sentence format.
Example is I have a 14 year old Cocker Spaniel named Harley. He is over 85% deaf and when I let Bruno out from his kennel I often ask him to “go get Harley”. He 100% does this every single time.
I also often ask Bruno to go “wake up the kids” He successfully wakes up two of three kids each morning.
If kept lower, Bruno will also “go get momma water” 90% of the time I ask.
Keep in mind Bruno is just over one year old. I am extremely impressed and proud of my time spent with him on training.
My only complains that we continue to work on are “hush” he barks at everything and everyone. My kids are young teenagers and I can see how the hearding instinct may be a problem with younger kids.Thankfully as my kids are older this is not a factor for us unless they initiate the “play time” for these instincts to kick in.
Once introduced Bruno is accepting of anyone who enters our home but the barking and territorial aspects need to be improved at first contact. Overall if you have time and want a dog that is loyal and works hard to please you by it’s intelligence this is the breed for you.