I was wondering weather I might want to get a border collie, but seeing as they are very intelligent and active dogs I was hesitating. I know they are not good beginner dogs, but I still think they are so beautiful and cute. I do have a large yard and could walk her every day, but she would be left alone for a few hours in the middle of the day. We do not have a fence however. I also have a cat, and I know that she would probably end up being a substitute sheep, so I feel for her to. if you have any ideas or suggestions on dogs please reply!!
There's no reason you can't have a border collie, as long as you've done your research about the breed, and have the time and energy to dedicate to this dog. You will certainly have to fence your yard, for one thing, if you want your dog to run around the yard. Are you prepared to take the dog to obedience and agility classes,and are you willing and able to devote a lot of time to walking, playing ,and exercising this dog? If not, I would consider another breed, not saying you don't have to devote time to it, but there are definitely other breeds that would take a little less time and effort. Many Border Collies that end up in shelters are there because their owners were ill-informed of the needs of these dogs, and could'nt handle them anymore. A lot of Border Collie breeders will not sell one of their pups to a non-working buyer, meaning they won't sell one as a pet. Good luck in finding a dog, whichever breed you decide on.
Thanks!! could you recommend any good breeds for beginners? I do know the Golden retriever is a VERY popular dog, but I do there is something about them, ( I think it is that they are so popular) that makes me want something else. However, they are SUPER sweet and are otherwise the perfect beginner dog. (nice, not to big, medium coat, trainable)
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A Golden Retriever is a great dog, but it is not for everyone. They require a lot of excercise. They are also big time shedders. I have to brush my Retriever every day for 30 minutes. They take quite awhile to mature. Most are around 2 y/o when this finally happens. Don't even get me started on his motor powered tail that always manages to smack you or clear the table off. But, they are very loving, sweet and intelligent dogs. While mine can be a noodlehead, he does do very well with his training classes. He seems to pick things up very quickly. If you do decide to get a Golden, I would advise you to be extremely careful about choosing a breeder. Because they are so popular, many people just throw 2 dogs together to get puppies. This type of breeder would possibly eliminate all of the excellent traits that Golden Retrievers are known for.
You really have to decide how much time and effort you are willing to give to a dog. All dogs require a great deal of love and attention, regular vet care, exercise and the best diet you can give them. After that, it's really up to you.Do you want a dog which requires a lot of grooming and clipping? If not, that cuts out quite a few breeds. Do you want a dog that will be on your knee every chance it gets? Do you want a dog that can easily travel in the car with you? Those considerations might lead you towards a smaller breed.I think you should take a trip to the local shelter, read as much as you can about all the different breeds, and go from there.Take everything into consideration and make a list of what you do want, and what you don't want. Do you have children? I could go on and on, but a responsible breeder will match a dog to you and your lifestyle. DO NOT buy a dog from a pet store.
We have a Large beautiful black/white Border Collie, he was the best choice for us! I work part time and have the time to keep him busy. We take him to the parks 3-4 times a day for exercise. Be prepared to walk/run the dog a lot. They are very active and need to be moving all the time especially when young! With the training and love we provided for our dog, he has prooved to be a very lovable companion/family member! I love Border Collies!
My husband and I have always had Border collies and we have one now. They are the best when it comes to a family dog, they have to run, and activity is a must. Daisy is our "soccor dog" she eats, breathes, and sleeps soccor. She has a inside and several outside soccor balls. Outside she bounces them off her nose and dribbles it all over our 4 acres. But, I will tell you they are work, don't let them over do you cause they will try. Good Luck...