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    I have read just about every bit of information known to man about border collies but would like to here from people who own them. I have 3 children and a surburban back yard. Have read alot about the herding instinct. Do they really make good family dogs?? And how do they go not on acres? I am home all days so won't be lonely and no the need lots of excercise. I want to make sure I make the right decision for us and the dog.

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    BCs need a heap of exercise and things to occupy their minds. I met one who was kept in a flat, was horrified until I learnt that the owner runs marathons and the dog came with him daily for his many kilometres of training.
    I live on acreage, had a BC cross and my 4 now are ACDxBC.
    I would never in a fit have them in a suburban back yard but that is just me.

    Edited to add that that is because I am lazy and it wouldn't be in the dog's best interests to have a home with me in that situation.
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    I meet many happy BCs in suburbia. I've noticed that all of them without fail are ball obsessed.

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    I grew up with a border collie in suburbia. Lived til she was 17 (I was 21) and she was a very happy girl.

    Granted, she was as "workish as some lines of BC. She had the natural herding instinct and you could pop her in a paddock and she would naturally round the sheep up. She was also super smart and reasonably energetic...but she managed quite well with minimum exercise. However, she was always with us kids bing taught tricks etc so I guess it kept her mind busy.

    I also have a mate with a BC in suburbia and she does fine too.

    I do notice though, the ones raised in suburbia do tend to get a bit fat (broad across th eback), ours included.

    As long as you are willing to provide the dog with plenty of exercise, and lots of mental stimulation then there shouldnt be a problem.

    My sister wants to get one (I am not sure why as she isnt a big dog fan) and I told her not too. She is young and always out etc and just would not put in anywhere near enough effort. Thankfully, she said she was meaning when she was ready to settle down lol

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    I have a cattle dog crossed with a shitzu (though i'm thinking he maybe part border collie, he has the same markings & the white tail tip)

    Definitely has the working dog persona, loves rounding up the dogs at the off-leash park, which troubles me ALOT as he can be very nippy when doing so.
    Agree with Beloz, most are ball crazy (especially the one's at our park) mine is ball crazy but not for tennis balls. He loves Basketballs and Soccer Balls.

    We also have a suburban backyard so we have to give him LOTS of exercise otherwise he goes stir-crazy. His excercise routine consists of a 30 minute walk in the morning, depending on the weather (usually too hot in the summer) & if time permits he may get a 20 minute bike ride around the block when i finish work (about 2pm) he always gets another walk OR get's to head down to the park and chase the ball around around 5pm. Sometimes when my mum gets home from work he gets another walk, so he is very well excercised.

    He is also very smart, and has a mental note when it comes to his routine. He knows when he is due for a walk, will harrass us if we are late in preparing his dinner (though i suspect most dogs are like this LOL), will not go to bed unless he has had a night brush & everybody else has gone to bed before him. We find if we muck up his routine, or something different is added, he's not a very happy boy.

    Point being, i believe these dogs are able to live in suburbia if the owner is willing to go "that extra mile" for a working dog (lots of exercise, mental stimulus etc) i find the other two dogs i own are happy with their one walk and the only reason they get extra is because of Rex who runs on energizer batteries 24/7 LOL

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    I meet a lot of BC's that live in suburbia that have problems, sadly many problem dogs are BC's that live in a back yard. they are clever and need to be occupied. they are known to herd little kids if they are bored. I love the breed, I have a BC cross. But we live on acreage and she has jobs to do and is an avid hunter, which gets her into all sort of trouble (recent injury for one escapade). I think some of the non-working breeds are better for the suburbs, like a King Charles Cavalier...Still have the silky coat.

    If you have to go the BC, way, make sure you know the line it is from, there are some less active show-lines, that do better. And there are some older Rescues, patiently waiting at Rescue for a new home.

    Being home is a great thing for any dog, as long as they also get the interaction and exercise.....BC's need a lot of stimulation and exercise. Most I meet are barkers, chasers and jumpers that need to be fixed.........
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    Thanks everyone. I know what I am up for. The thing is you just never know where life may take u and although I am home now what if I went to work full time. I love the breed and will be heartbroken not to get this dog but maybe a different breed may be better suited.

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    Good on you for being so realistic about it, Maddog! I fell in love with a couple of BCs when I was looking for a rescue dog, but decided against it because I was not 100% sure that I could be able to continue giving them the amount of exercise they needed. And I didn't want to come to resent them for taking so much of my time.

    And I do agree with newfsie that a bored BC is a real handful and will start displaying problem behaviour. I have a colleague who took on a rescue BC cross and she had to spend a fortune on her fences because he escaped daily for the first few weeks.

    Have you looked at PetRescue - find your new best friend! There may be some BC crosses that would suit suburban family life? Or another breed that appeals to you...

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    unfortunaley i over think eveything. we just recently got 3 chickens and i swear i spent 6 months on google picking a breed! lol. my kids mean the world to me and i grew up on a farm and would like my kids to know the companionship of a dog. i have been checking out dog breeds for about 2 years but my fav has always been a border. i used to watch dr harry as a kid i loved his dog. but i want the dog to be pleasure more than a hinderance. we were presented with the opportunity from a good friend to have one of the puppies of her bc which is why i wanted everyones opinion. i have to let her know today as we had dibbs on the brown one which is the one everybody wants. boo hoo. maybe look at a lab or pug.

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    I love pugs! They are soo cute and apparently pretty good with families and are pretty easy dogs!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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