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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi Jamie23

    I have heard that tennis balls can wear a dog's teeth down - so I don't let my dog chew on them too often - once a month maybe and I put it in the bin as soon as it's in pieces...

    She likes chewing on chuckit balls too - they last a lot longer than tennis balls with that kind of treatment - like a year of beach walks - vs one tennis ball per walk. But I don't leave her to chew on those either. She still chews them a fair bit.

    Probably the only thing she chews on that lasts longer than five minutes - apart from the occasional bit of green tree branch - is a black kong stuffed with frozen food...
    Yep chuckit balls rule here too

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    A vote for 'Megalast'... because they float as well

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    We have a Border Collie cross Golden Retriever..... Tessa, she will be nine next week and we have had her as a rescue puppy since 5 weeks old. She is the smartest dog we have and i use he to teach the newfies all the water rescue work...Show and tell. I know quite a lot of them as i was on a Search and rescue training forum and they often use the cross.they breed them. Only Golden mums and BC dad's and only first cross for doing rescue work...they all look like my Tessa always seem to be black. She is the small dog in my photos the others are newfoundlands.....dog sitting in front of the newfie on the kayak on my signature photo.

    I also do not use tennis balls and I love the chuckit ball

    Tessa know about thrity differnt items, either t rescue, life-jacket, kayak, or all the rescue items and lots of toys by name and will bring the correct one. We have to give all the toys a name and use the same name so she learns new toys. She just had two new ones for Christmas a Dragon and a Dinosaur........so now "dragon" and "dino" are part of her objects named.
    have fun with your clever pup
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    Chuckit balls float...

    Until your dog starts pumping them under water - blowing all the air out and sucking the water in... then not so much - but usually takes a year to get like that.

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    Be still my beating heart.

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    Default border collie x golden retriever

    Hi there!

    Where did you get this mix ive been trying everywhere!? Thankyou

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    tiffany

    They're not usually planned. If they are planned you should run a mile.

    How do I find a good dog breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    You don't know what mix of genetics you will get with a cross - a lot of deliberate cross breeders make promises about what the dog will be like but they can't keep any of them.

    You may get the clumsiness of a GR combined with the obsessive tendencies of a border collie... You may get a dog that is bigger than both parents... which is what happens when GR are crossed with poodles... Or you might get a gorgeous dog.

    And make sure you meet both parents and that they're both friendly with humans and other dogs. I've met both GR and BC that are very grumpy dogs. You don't want one of those either.

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    Default jamie where did you get him from?

    I really would like to know where you got him from, i know the risks i have this breed already thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiffany.g.b View Post
    I really would like to know where you got him from, i know the risks i have this breed already thanks
    Yes but you don't. The next one won't be the same at all.

    http://www.petrescue.com.au/listings/349960
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    Tiffany, I can appreciate your want to have the same mix breed as your current dog. However I'm afraid that Hyacinth is right, a cross like that can result in pups that sway to either parent... which could result in VERY different dogs... both in appearance and in temperament. You could have two pups from the same litter, one that looks exactly like a Border collie and one that looks exactly like a golden retriever. And the same goes for temperament one pup may have the high energy (insanity) and herding instincts of a border collie and the other may have the soft nature and retrieving instincts of a Retriever.

    Yes it is possible to get the best of both breeds... but without someone putting a lot of thought into the dogs used for breeding and their history, it is just as likely that you will end up with the worst of both breeds... people seem to forget that.

    I see this exact situation a lot with Labrador X Poodles. Some of them have a short/medium length coat that straight and not thick... whereas others have ridiculous coats that look like a curly poodle's coat but they also have the thick undercoat as well... you could get both of these coat types in the same litter... thats just how cross breeding works.

    I've met some Lab X Poodles that if kept in a poodle clip they would fool me as a pure bred Poodle... and i've met some that if clipped to the right length, would look very similar to a pure labrador!

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