Rubie is very smart and attractive. My dogs are working bred for six generations from large working cattle ranches. Their intelligence, agility and longevity is unparallel. I do not doc their tails for in my opinion it disrupts their balance. In disagreement I have been told that their tails get in the way and stepped on by cattle, my response was that obviously that dog was going the wrong way. My pups make excellent pets as well as top notch working dogs.