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    Ok, this is just a question for me really. I love ACDs, but have never really got to know one. I just meet them on walks. And it seems the ones I meet are often a bit aloof? Is that just with strangers? I also found most of them don't seem to show any interest in other dogs. And I heard that they can be more of a one person dog?

    Even if the above is true, I would still consider getting one as my next dog! But then I have a whole list of breeds that I like by now...

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    They love their master like no one else and become blind to all others.. (unless a threat)
    When you are together away from home your personal safety is the ACD's no 1 priority.
    Ozzy and Chubb were social with dogs in our own neighbourhood.
    Maybe because they saw them every day, and I would have a chat with the owners every day.
    When we went to the beach they totally ignored other dogs and people.
    I used to be very one eyed but I do love other breeds now, pointers, danes, foxhounds, dobes, wiemaraner etc
    (Snoopy has brainwashed me).

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    Banjo has changed my taste in dogs too! I still have a serious weak spot for sighthounds, but I have come to really appreciate working dogs - not just because Banjo is part kelpie, but because she is such a social butterfly and now I get to meet all these gorgeous working dog crosses. They seem to be the dogs Banjo likes most too, though she is not breedist at all like Luna was!

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    When is Lunas' anniversary?
    I am counting down the days now to June 8th.

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    I reckon Matt might have to start playing the put all the names in a hat and start drawing them out. Theoretically start with only options in the hat that everyone is ok with. But if an option comes out and family are disappointed - it was the wrong option.

    The tricky thing about herding breeds, is to train them they can only herd with permission. They must not herd every jogger, bike and car they see. And never ever laugh at, or otherwise encourage barking in the car, or you will have to buy one of those utes with a separate cab space for barking dog. My dog spent a lot of time on lead any time there were joggers etc around. And got lots of treats for paying attention to me instead.

    Every now and again - she forgets herself, and life gets exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Banjo has changed my taste in dogs too! I still have a serious weak spot for sighthounds, but I have come to really appreciate working dogs - not just because Banjo is part kelpie, but because she is such a social butterfly and now I get to meet all these gorgeous working dog crosses. They seem to be the dogs Banjo likes most too, though she is not breedist at all like Luna was!
    We have had quite a few working kelpies in our household..being real work dogs ( sheep and cattle), but ours live inside when we are home. I have found all our kelpies extremely social dogs, without any effort from us. We took them to horse event and Clinics and they were well known for their happy attitudes and missed when they passed.....But funnily enough now at training I am meeting some aggressive ones. But I think it comes from frustration and we have put a couple in agility, once they were working well in obedience and they have changed...i think kelpies like to be busy and doing something. That is why they need energetic owners if they live in the Suburbs. I think it is the case for most work dogs.........ACD's are very owner orientated, I do love that about them. Our Bluey's used to watch over all our equipment when we were heavily into Roping and Horse showing. No one would touch a truck with a Bluey attached. Our Joda was just my hubby's shadow.
    Pets are forever

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    Do you think a border collie would be suitable?

    I have a list of five or so different options now, so we'll have a discussion and there's bound to be one we all like.

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    Borders are lovely. Often great family dogs.

    I adore Beardies but a step up in coat care. They are such happy and gregarious hairballs.

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    Just want to add my 2c.

    Picking a dog is a funny thing really. When my partner and I was looking for a dog we both wanted a Labrador but due to the size of our backyard this is just not suitable at all.

    Nicole wanted an King Charles a few weeks after but that never eventuated as we didn't have time to look due to social events and organising our wedding.

    Last week we were just shopping and walked past a pet shop and we saw a dog that we both knew right away it was right for us, it was an Pomeranian x German Spitz, we bought her there and then! and we both just adore her. Hazel is our little princess

    Yesterday we took Hazel to her first vet check up and surprise surprise we bumped into her sister!! she was so excited and both started playing with each other. My partner and I were so glad that Hazel's sister found a great home to go to.

    As others have said, you really need to go check those dog out for yourself and you'll know if particular dog is right for you and your family.
    Last edited by Jaron & Nicole; 05-13-2012 at 10:30 AM.

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    J&N, no offense, but most of this thread has been about not getting a dog on a whim from an irresponsible breeder. There are others on the forum who got their dog from a pet store or backyard breeder and their dogs are happy and well adjusted. But if you hang around here long enough, you learn why it is not a great idea. As I said, no offense, I didn't really spend any thought on this before I joined. I got my first dog on a whim, though it was from the RSPCA. I spent a lot more thought on the decision when I got my second dog.

    I like border collies, but I have met plenty who are very energetic. If they get bored they can become destructive and escape artists. I have never met one who isn't ball obsessed though, so fetch is a great way to exercise them.

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