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    Quote Originally Posted by tange View Post
    Yeah I didn't know about crate training and the importance of it before owning a dog =D I'm buying the crate from the breeder so that he is already comfortable with the same crate. I also bought a kennel / dog house as well in case he prefers to go in there when he gets bigger
    Haha we don't have grass or soil in our garden because my family decided to change everything to concrete so I don't think my dog can dig a hole in the concrete, which also means I'll be using a dog toilet with fake grass lol

    We were initially going to get a GSD and we were conflicted about choosing between a GDS and a Kelpie. We ended up deciding on a Kelpie because (comparatively speaking) GSD tend to have more health issues or genetic conditions than kelpies. I know it is important to get a dog from a good breeder to avoid those health issues, but I think it's more likely to have a healthier kelpie than GSD if they both came from a good breeder. Cost wise, my kelpie ended up being around $1300 and I got him from a reputable breeder while a GSD from the same quality breeder was most likely going to cost me $2000+ Another problem is with the shedding. Both dogs shed but we could tolerate the amount of shedding from Kelpies based on our previous dog. I did some research and from what I've heard, GSD shed huge amounts 24/7 particularly during certain seasons. I don't think my mum would be able to tolerate that because she is a neat freak who hates too much dog hair.
    10 years ago when we were looking into getting a new pup after losing our beloved Border Collie, my Mum really wanted a GSD, but ended up getting a Kelpie instead because they're a more manageable size, less health issues and we wanted a dog that could be a capable working dog for our farm if we needed it.

    That is where my love of Kelpies began, deep down they're probably still my favourite breed of dog

    Is your pup from show or working lines?

    Also feel free to share photos of your new pup when you get him, I'm sure he is totally gorgeous!!

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    We got him from Working line simple because I've heard really good stuff about Noonbarra. They are willing to find a puppy with suitable temperament for our family and circumstances. They've had awesome reviews from suburban families. I find that show line people who I contacted really had nasty things to say about working lines but Noonbarra reassured me that their kelpie is happy and calm as long as they receive adequate exercise, love and attention.

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    Mum's a neat freak, no soil or grass in the garden? you're not of italian heritage by any chance? lol
    Kelpie is a lovely choice. Clearly, you've a penchant for herders, and have done your homework.

    and yeah, you are so right about the shedding

    I wouldnt touch a conformation GSD with yours honey.
    Only interested in working lines here.
    Last edited by bernie; 09-25-2015 at 06:17 AM.

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    Can you work and have dogs?
    it sure would of been easier today, if i did not have 2 injured dogs to provide care too. At the end of a pretty crap day in very busy Footy mad population melbourne, public mental health services.
    In life, strength, comes when it is the ONLY option. That goes for stepping up to the plate, dog ownership wise. You will always be too short of time.

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