Cowboys who sure enough use their dogs to get a lot of work done with bad cattle and hard to handle cattle understand and appreciate what Ericsson accomplished. He did develop the Ultimate Cowboy's Dog!!!
Developed by Gary Ericsson and his son Choc, the Hangin’ Tree Cowdog is the product of Gary’s vision to develop the Ultimate Cowboy’s Dog - a purebred working dog bred specifically to work cattle. The Hangin’ Tree Cowdog is distinguished from other stockdogs not only by its appearance but it’s working style. They are expert gatherers of stock while making cattle gentle and easy to handle. They are very adaptable and can be used for all types of ranching operations from feedlots to open range and cow/calf or stocker programs.
⅜ Border Collie for herding instinct and intelligence
⅛ Catahoula for the ability to trail and find cattle, also for the slick hair coat and toughness.
¼ Kelpie for endurance and also herding instinct and short hair.
¼ Australian Shepherd, only a dog called Black Bear went into this breed. Black Bear was an extremely tough dog with enormous ability.
Gathering, retrieving, and herding type dogs.
Tough aggressive dogs that have the courage to stand up to and handle all types of cattle.
Intelligent dogs that are easy to train.
Short or slick haired dogs that can stand the heat when needed and also shed burs and mud with minimal coat maintenance.
Dogs with good bone structure that can take the abuse that a cattledog takes from being kicked and ran over.
Dogs that are deep and wide in the chest with endurance that will stay with you when the going gets tough.
Dogs that can wind and trail cattle.
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