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    So an ACD, brittany or toller would cope better when by itself? Anyone cope best in particular?

    Thanks for all of the replies. Really helpful info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by This name is invalid View Post
    ... Plus it will be able to run around all day in the backyard if it wants. How's that sound?
    I know I'm harping on this, but- most dogs won't run around by themselves in the backyard to wear themselves out. They will often lay about and sleep waiting for the humans to come and give them a reason to get up OR they will amuse themselves chewing everything (that includes things nailed down, or even nailed on like weatherboards or fence palings), or digging, or rearranging Mum's flowers, or.... The list goes on.

    You are considering breeds that will REQUIRE a lot of work, interaction, stimulation from the humans in the household.

    I only say this because you need to be aware now- not once you have the dog and your family are frustrated to tears with it.
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    my money would be on the brittany but....

    Every family of Brittanies will be slightly different - ie you'd be best to ask the breeder and meet the parent dogs to get an idea of how busy the puppies and future adult dogs might be.

    All puppies can be destructo dogs, especially when they get to the adolescent stage eg about 8 months old... but the smarter the dog is, the more easily frustrated and likely to have obsessive stress behaviours if not given enough to do.

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    I would also think the Brittany would be slightly less shedding as their coat is flatter so doesn't carry so much undercoat as the BC or Toller coat.

    A Welsh Springer Spaniel is another possible. Sorry to throw another breed in while you're narrowing down!!

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    Thanks for the help, guys. Brittanies seem like the best option, but it seems like it'll be yonks until I find a puppy for sale!

    I've been browsing rescued dogs for a while now and I've seen some that I really like. Some have already been adopted too, but here are some that are available:
    Susie
    Henry
    Nibbler
    Jeannie
    Zoe
    Pitty
    Luigi

    So I've found a few!
    Any thoughts?

    Also, any tips on changing my family's view of cattle dogs from their stubborn "oh, it's a cattle dog and therefore will constantly bite and herd me whenever I go near it, and it will be hyper" judgement?
    It's funny; I've shown them pictures of some of the ACD crosses listed above, and they say "yeah, he's cute", and then I tell them the breed and their opinion changes to "I don't like it any more". Actually, it's not funny; it's frustrating!

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    I kind of forgot what your situation is regarding exercise and work, etc. How much time do you have to walk and train the dog? And how long will they need to stay home alone each day on average?

    Pitty sure is an interesting mix! But 3 high energy breeds.

    And I love the look of Zoe. Can't really guess her breeds though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I kind of forgot what your situation is regarding exercise and work, etc. How much time do you have to walk and train the dog? And how long will they need to stay home alone each day on average?
    I can give it 1-2 hours of exercise a day, and about an hour of training each weekday, but a few hours on weekends.
    It won't really spend any time 'home alone', but it will be by itself outside for a while each day, although we will be keeping an eye on it from inside.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Pitty sure is an interesting mix! But 3 high energy breeds.

    And I love the look of Zoe. Can't really guess her breeds though.
    Yeah, I agree.
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    Wow, how beautiful is this guy, it says in the ad his "original breeders" say he is a lovely well bred dog, yet he is at a rescue group, how sad,.he is adorable, what do you think Matt?

    Obi's profile at PetRescue - is he your new best friend?
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    Oh, this one is unusual....i have to stop looking

    Wanda's profile at PetRescue - is she your new best friend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    Wow, how beautiful is this guy, it says in the ad his "original breeders" say he is a lovely well bred dog, yet he is at a rescue group, how sad,.he is adorable, what do you think Matt?

    Obi's profile at PetRescue - is he your new best friend?
    I love him..Just adorable, hope he finds his forever home
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