Hello, first time here.
I'm not a beginner with dog ownership, but I've mainly owned working dogs.
I'm very aware every dog is different and also every breed (especially when purebred) will have distinct traits.
I'm wondering is there anything I should know before I get one?
My partner is in the army so we move every few years, backyard sizes could be smallish medium or large at times.
I do have a daughter aged six but hoping to add to the family at some point.
Does anyone know if these dogs cope with these sort of changes well? All the kelpies I've had have always been very laid back and chill but for walks and exercise they jump out of their skins and can go right back to being lazy backyard pooches. Basically what I'm asking are they naturally able to be very relaxed dogs and can chill back or do they tend to be up tight with new things.
I don't want to sound like a dummy here but I feel if I were to get a different breed I've never ventured into I want to do the right thing by the dog, either by knowing I can provide for it or whether I can't and i might finally try and own a small dog, which I've never done in my life haha (partner is sick of kelpies and wants a Rottweiler but I'm not too keen on having such a huge dog not scared of them or anything but just not keen)
What genetic problems should I be aware of with in the breed?
Do the breeders test for all these things or will I have to ask them to and pay for the testing myself?
I've always gotten my kelpies from a breeder or some close friends who have bred from their working kelpies a few times (gorgeous red and tan)
Does anyone have any contacts for well known breeders of English bull terriers?
I know there is a registry for it but there are so many to choose from I don't know which one is going to be the best choice.