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    I used to own Australian Kelpies. A very similar breed with their requirements.

    Mine were from show lines and not working lines. This makes a huge difference. Do not bring a working Border Collie into suburbia unless you are a very dedicated dog owner looking to involve yourself in dog sports.

    I would say the same thing of all the Australian Working dogs.

    Research your breeder and go for a more laid back line.

    Since marrying in to a ready made family I no longer have Kelpies, may last old girl passed away in 2007. Prior to that I used to have up to 8 in a suburban back yard (large old 1/4acre block) but I was obsessed with training, was a bit of a fitness freak etc and my life revolved around either showing them, trialling them or hanging out with other like minded people.

    Whether it's a show Border Collie or not you still very much need to give them things to do and obedience training is great otherwise they very easily become hole diggers or barkers.

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    i have heard that. its so hard to keep everbody happy. by daughter wants a shitzu my son wants a beagle and my husband wants anything thats a real dog. meaning not little!!

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    To me a dog is a dog whether it's big or small, it's just a matter of whether it fits your lifestyle.

    I love Shitzu's but you do need to visit the groomer to keep the coat in a nice pet cut unless you are dedicated to grooming.

    I like the size and grooming of a beagle but not a big lover of their characterists.

    In my house I'm the one that takes care of the dogs the most, so breed was my choice. It took my husband all of two days to fall in love with our first Whippet and he now realises exactly why I picked the breed, they suit us.

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    mum nor dad are working dogs just family pets. not sure about the grand parents though. we have our own business that my husband can take him to work and i am home everyday. we live in byron and the beach is only five minutes away also. for now we have a great lifestyle and plenty of time for any dog, my worry is it may not always be like this. but, we all could be dead tomorrow too!! oh so hard..

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    I am going to say, if you dont think you have the right time for a BC, then do you have the time for a lab?

    They are fantastic family dogs...but they dont come that way. They can require a lot of effort as younguns, and they take a long time to grow up. If you dont have the time to put into a lab, then they can become destructive and hyperactive (technically they are very boisterous dogs so hyperactive is not the right term) and this actually results in a lot of people rehoming them because they thought they came pre-trained or some crap LOL....dumbasses.

    Anyway, I am sure you know that, but I just wanted to chuck that out there.

    Pugs are just gorgeous. I owuld love ot have one one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddog73 View Post
    mum nor dad are working dogs just family pets. not sure about the grand parents though. we have our own business that my husband can take him to work and i am home everyday. we live in byron and the beach is only five minutes away also. for now we have a great lifestyle and plenty of time for any dog, my worry is it may not always be like this. but, we all could be dead tomorrow too!! oh so hard..
    At the end of the day, if you raise a well adjusted dog, they will manage fine if you end up working full time etc.

    I was a student when I got 2 of my dogs (I studied twice LOL) and then after a couple of years for each went to working full time and they were both fine despite me being around all the time while studying.

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    The most important thing is that the dog is not an outside dog. If you have the dog inside, on a bed close to you in the kitchen/family room, if you treat it as a family member and not as THE dog in the backyard, most will be happy enough, tho' it seems criminal not to get involved with flyball or similar, for your eldest children, to learn how to train, how to really bond with your dog and it is healthy, great FUN!!!. If you wanted a bc, I'd strongly recommend you get what I call an ANCHOR dog. You choose a lazy breed or goodnatured older dog, (best of opposite sex, so there is no sexual rivalry, which still happens, if desexed). That means your active dog has a lazy, laid back chum, to play with, when bored - but not a partner in crime. I also recommend an anchor dog for jack russells. I write this knowing your decision is long made... but for others in the same boat.

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    Good on you that you make such a decision carefully A friend of mine (on an acreage) has an old rescue BC. She is a charming dog and very much loved - but she is a complete nutcase. Luckily she now lives in an environment that can cope with her little tweaks. Apparently she spent the first 10 years of her life in a suburb. The owner took her for a run every morning and then dumped her in the backyard where she was on her own for the rest of the day and night. No training, nothing to keep her sharp mind busy. So the poor dog just went from over stimulation to no stimulation every day.

    I think a pug sounds great

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    This is an old thread - february like.

    The opening poster has not been on since Feb either.

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