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    Quote Originally Posted by Vitsyra View Post
    So, after a few weeks of looking at breeds and talking with you all, I think I've narrowed down the breeds I'm interested in to:

    Pembroke Corgi**
    Shetland Sheepdog
    Rough Collie
    Golden Retriever
    Finnish Lapphund**

    I am really in love with Finnish Lapphunds at the moment, but I think the Corgi is probably a better suit to my lifestyle.

    I think what I've really learned from you all, is that the breed of the dog matters less than the personality of the dog and the effort I'm willing to put in to raising a happy and well behaved dog.

    I'm still concerned about the size of my backyard for a larger dog though.. but I think I can work around not being home enough during the day (i.e. lots of time with doggie while I am home, lots of mentally stimulating toys and a dog walker when I'm not home).

    Still would love to hear from people who have owned any of the above breeds and could give me some idea of what they are like

    Also, any suggestions on how I could best go about learning more about these breeds, apart from google?
    Personality is important but breed considerations are pretty important as well. I think there are just some breeds that are generally unsuited to your situation. I don't think size is such an issue, I would rather see a Golden in your situation than my pocket rocket sheepdog. Greyhounds are well known for their ability to adapt to apartment style living and you are going to be providing well for the average dog.

    I also quite like the Lapphund. A girl I know over here breeds some very nice ones but I don't think there is another litter due for quite awhile http://www.mirawee.com/puppies.html. Would probably give you some insight into their temperaments if you emailed

    Rough collies are also nice dogs perhaps a little less full on than shelties from my observations.

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    Yeah, I think in order of preference...

    Lapphund
    Corgi
    Retriever
    Rough Collie
    Shetland



    Golden Retrievers are a long time love of mine... but also falling quite hard for the Lapphund..

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    I bought a new house with a yard about the same size as yours 3 years ago. First thing I did was to install a dog door. When my dogs do zoomies they run from one end of the house to the other, through the dog door, round the yard and back.

    The size of the dog really isn't as important as their temperament and your lifestyle when it comes to dealing with a small yard.

    I foster dogs and most foster carers will be quite honest about their dog's personality and flaws. Not all of them though. Some just want to shift their dogs so they can make room. You'll know when you talk to them though.

    I've had plenty of easy fosters without major behavioural issues. And I've had some crazy ones. I found great homes for all of them.

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    Thanks Beloz!! Its good to hear that my yard isn't impossible to work with. I will definitely be having a doggie door to the backyard, the back end of the house is living, kitchen and dining, and all open.. so altogether its a good space.

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    I agree, I have generally always had a doggy door and I think it makes a tonne of difference. I currently leave my very high drive working dogs in a small fully enclosed patio with dog door when I am out as I work part time to minimise risk of snakes etc. I also live on a farm so they do get also sheepwork and lots of walks.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 12-18-2016 at 10:40 AM.

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    I was surprised when we picked up our BC from a farm to find all the dogs in a small area... I just always assumed they'd have free run of the farm XD which is silly in retrospective...

    I think my BC would love to try sheep work, but she'll have to stick with rounding up us

    I bought a book, 101 dog tricks, so hopefully we can have some fun teaching her.

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    I've got that book! It's a lot of fun. Tricks are the best.

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    It is not just breed. I have an energy bunny BC my niece cannot get her couch potato to get up and go running with her. Temperament is individual just like people. Three siblings can have very different temperaments, we all know this.

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    So far the book looks good, love the illustrated steps! My dog is bright, but sometimes I stuff up and need help

    This is true, different dogs have different personalities for sure, but breed characteristics is the best guess I have when looking for a puppy.

    Like my BC is such a sweetie, but she has a strong herding drive which is a nightmare with my pet bunnies. Whereas my kelpie x was a nightmare in other ways, but no herding drive.

    So in love with lapphunds right now. I'm going to see if I can visit a local breeder to learn more about them.

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