Client Session ~ Spartacus the Dalmatian / Cattle Dog Mix

Spartacus is an interesting mix of Dalmatian and Cattle Dog and spends his days hanging out at e-CBD, a Gold Coast website design studio, owned and much loved by the bosses, Marilyn and Simon. He’s a pretty special boy with many endearing traits. He has the biggest appetite I’ve seen and is a constant underfoot companion at work lunches around the picnic tables, hassling his favourite suppliers for scraps of roast lamb with a well timed ‘woof’ and a melting look with those big brown eyes.

His toothy grin is a common sight around the place.

He often much prefers the comfort of the plants and bushes which he ‘renovates’ to suit his needs, rather than his bed (but posed in it nicely for me regardless).

His best chameleon impersonation (gotta love those spots and blotches)…

Although this lovely smiley boy is most often friendly and companionable, he does have a serious side. There are signs outside that say ‘Beware of the Dog’ and they aren’t just for show! There are a lot of visitors throughout the day and Spartacus has a finely tuned sixth sense about exactly who it is standing outside the front gate.

If it’s someone he knows or has been here before, he doesn’t even bat an eyelid. But if it’s someone new (or someone he’s decided he doesn’t like!) he barks and carries on like the best of them until his Mum reassures him they are safe. Who needs a Rottweiler or German Shepherd when you have the mighty Spartacus!

Update 2014: Our beloved Spartacus has now gone to the big dog park in the sky, and is greatly missed by his family and all the staff at e-CBD. He’ll always be remembered fondly.

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  • Emilee

    8 April, 2009 at 8:41 am Reply

    Aw, he’s so cute! I love his spots and big brown eyes. Beautiful shots, Charlotte! 😀

  • Jackie B

    11 April, 2009 at 5:30 am Reply

    Oh my, his eyes are so beautiful. How could anyone say no to eyes like that!?

  • Gene Kusaka

    4 June, 2011 at 8:10 am Reply

    great mix – my mom has her darling boy Django and he demonstrates all the traits of personalilty you described about Spartacus. very personable and intelligent and intensely loyal. though mom’s baby is perhaps more pampered, he has to sleep on her bed under cover of a comforter through the night.

  • Stephen Summerlin

    25 August, 2011 at 11:26 pm Reply

    sweet dog!

  • Rosemary Pou

    28 January, 2013 at 5:33 am Reply

    What a gorgeous dog and the patterns on his coat are fantastic.Sounds like a wonderful companion.

  • Frank Garrity

    11 February, 2013 at 7:38 am Reply

    looks like a blue heeler to me.

  • dibatag

    11 February, 2013 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Looks like a Austrailian Blue Heeler to me

  • Melba (Australian)

    13 March, 2013 at 4:10 pm Reply

    A Blue or Red Heeler *is* an Australian cattle dog:

  • Simon

    25 March, 2013 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Sparty is a wonderful dog. He is known to all of the kids at our local dog park as a friend who likes a pat. As our area has a rapidly changing ethnic background we see a lot of people who are afraid of dogs and have difficulty bridging the gap between the old locals.

    In this regard Sparty is a wonderful ambassador. He has becomes friends with our booming local Chinese and Muslim community’s children and has allowed for a breakdown of the barriers between the many different ethnic groups.

    Fr anyone wanting a clever dog with a thoughtful, kind nature a Dalamtion Blue Heeler cross is a great choice.

  • Ann Middleton

    19 May, 2013 at 8:48 am Reply


  • Cat Canning

    18 September, 2013 at 2:38 am Reply

    I love him. R.I.P. Handsome Boy…….my Charlie Girl will play with you up there. <3

  • Sally Elliott

    18 September, 2013 at 11:24 am Reply

    Just beautiful chach… Thankyou xxxx

  • Dog Names

    2 January, 2017 at 5:29 pm Reply

    Awesome dog pictures!

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