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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    Which is why my friends logic doesn't really make sense. I would have thought people would assume that labradors are intelligent considering they're used for so many different types of work. Apparently not though...
    I dont think good sense often comes into breeding dogs.

    However when all is said and done young Griffey is very cute and is going to be intelligent and active no doubt, so training will be a must. Border collies might be intelligent and biddable (sometimes LOL) but they can are also be a handful.

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    Honestly, if I was ever going to seriously breed dogs, I would breed border collie crosses. They are by far the most intelligent and trainable dogs but they're a little bit too focused on herding things for my liking. If they don't have an outlet, well I've seen many that seemed to be more than a little crazy. So yeah, I'd be very interested in trying to build on the intelligence of a border collie but combine the traits from a less obsessive breed, like, maybe a golden retriever. Border collies are intense, for people working sheep that's awesome but for people living in suburbia (which makes up the majority of dog owners these days) well, a border collie mix might be an easier dog to enjoy.

    Still want to be careful and selective about what goes into any mating, but I'm talking big picture level here.

    PS your dog is gorgeous

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    thanks everyone! He's beautiful, such a great pup.

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    Gosh that's a very very cute pup. I want it.
    looks like a bundle of mischief, right there. I wish you well for the next few weeks of sleepless nights, and ruined chewed items lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    Honestly, if I was ever going to seriously breed dogs, I would breed border collie crosses. They are by far the most intelligent and trainable dogs but they're a little bit too focused on herding things for my liking. If they don't have an outlet, well I've seen many that seemed to be more than a little crazy. So yeah, I'd be very interested in trying to build on the intelligence of a border collie but combine the traits from a less obsessive breed, like, maybe a golden retriever. Border collies are intense, for people working sheep that's awesome but for people living in suburbia (which makes up the majority of dog owners these days) well, a border collie mix might be an easier dog to enjoy.

    Still want to be careful and selective about what goes into any mating, but I'm talking big picture level here.

    PS your dog is gorgeous
    I grew up with a Border Collie X Springer Spaniel. He was a brilliant dog, he really did end up with the best of both breeds. He was extremely intelligent, loyal, playful, trainable, etc etc He had the ability to work cattle but wasn't obsessed with it, and he definitely didn't take life too seriously, he was a bit of a clown actually, and had a bombproof personality with people and other dogs.
    His only fault was that he would herd cars. Great dog though.

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    Most labs I've met are quite obsessive - but it's food most of them want.

    I don't understand people who say they can't train their labs - especially when the answer to "Does your dog like food?" is "yes".

    This one may end up looking and behaving a lot like a flat coat retriever


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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Gosh that's a very very cute pup. I want it.
    looks like a bundle of mischief, right there. I wish you well for the next few weeks of sleepless nights, and ruined chewed items lol
    He was a bit noisy the first week but we have had him for 4 weeks now and hes getting better. Only chewed through my partners laptop cord (our fault) but overall he's a lovely dog. He seems to really enjoy water already though.. is that normal?

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    Definitely normal That would be his Golden Retriever side coming out. Goldens were bred to retrieve waterfowl from lakes and such, so they looove water. I know a Golden who i sometimes babysit, and its so hard to keep her out of water! When she was a puppy and could fit in her water bowl, she would sit in it for hours!!

    My old BC X Springer Spaniel (another water hunting breed) was also obsessed with water, he loved fetching balls from water too

    Your pup sounds to cute

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    we have had him for 4 weeks now
    Lemme see - he was younger than 8 weeks old when you got him?

    I would be trying to get him to as many places to meet as many new people and dogs on lead as you can right now because you've got a lot of making up to do. That last week at home with the litter mates - is when a puppy learns doggy manners. Ie how to calm other dogs and not start fights accidentally... And now is when you have to get him used to lots of people.

    I've met grumpy golden retrievers who attack other dogs - and border collies can be even worse - so make sure he gets plenty of new experiences with people and dogs - but protect him from bad experiences like being trodden on or getting too close to a grumpy dog.

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    He's lovely - brace yourself for a lifetime of fun and naughtiness.

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