|This is Max in his intimidating watchdog
pose. In actuality, he's a housedog with a refined taste for good
(warm) living. He thrives on mutual affection with people.
He has a very discerning palate for sirloin steak and smoked pigs'
ears. Playing ball is his favorite sport.
His mother is a Kelpie and his father a Border Collie. Other
than the floppy ears, he most closely resembles his Kelpie lineage in
appearance and temperament. Kelpies are Australian sheep dogs bred
for their working capability. Kelpie (Gaelic for "watersprite")
is said to be the name of the first member of that breed. A
plethora of conflicting stories of the development of the breed exist
including persistent claims that the breed was originated by mating wild
Dingoes with English sheep-herding dogs. Although Max is not
employed in his native role, he possesses the high energy, speed, and
maneuverability for which the breed is famous. He also has
"the eye" which they reputedly use to hypnotize their
charges. All these skills are kept honed by herding the