With permission, the following are excerpts from a face book page for MDBA Australian Cobberdog owners and breeders.
"I am an Australian Cobberdog owner and a breeder and at first I didn't like them at all. It took quite a while after meeting some to win me over. Apart from the obvious, no shedding, no smells, easy to train, which very much appealed to me after living with beagles for 40 years, when I think about what made me want to own them and then want to breed them, is how they made me feel. I can't tell what a dog thinks, but the way mine seek my eye contact, the way they want to be with me rather than racing off looking for something else to explore, the way they are so eager to please me makes me feel that they like me - love me, the way they turn their head to the side whilst keeping eye contact makes me FEEL they are working out how I am and how I'm feeling. They make me FEEL like they know when I'm upset or sad and seem to know how they should react to my feelings."
- Julie Nelson - CEO Master Dog Breeders and Associates, Breeder Great Mates Australian Cobberdogs
"That warm loving feeling you described is oxytocin being released, a hormone necessary for bonding. Research definitely supports that both dogs and owners release oxytocin with eye contact. That means we fall in love, and so do they. The increased eye contact with Australian Cobberdogs means a greater connection with your canine companion. I LOVE this about the breed!"
- Renae Taylor - Clinical Psychologist / Breeder Spring Hill Australian Cobberdogs