posted on Nov, 3 2011 @ 05:51 AM
Originally posted by 5StarOracle
From what you are looking for in your future dog I would have to say the choice for you is clear to me, that is unless you plan on leaving him alone
in your house all day. Border Collie is what you want, unsurpassed in the attributes you seek especially intelligence wise...
Unless you have something for the border collie to do all day, don't get one. They are wonderful dogs but need to be kept really busy - otherwise
they tear up the garden and chew on everything and catch birds etc.
If you have fur shedding issues, I would suggest a dog with medium length fur - my in-laws boerbul and rescued midget English bull terrier (both with
short fur) shed more fur than all 8 of my family's German Shepherds. The boerbul and midget bull terrier are also very dense - they are hard to
train, its been 3 years and the dogs still don't know basic obedience training. Also, took a whole year to get the rescue bull terrier to walk to
the park and not try to get out of the harness.
BTW - From what I have seen, German Shepherds are easy to "re-train"
- we have a rescue GSD who was scared of everything including her own shadow (the previous owners were going to put her down); we put her in with our
lot and she got the same training as the puppy we also had at the time and she is now doing normal GSD stuff like eating pot plants, digging holes,
chasing soap bubbles, playing with water from hosepipe, swimming and attack training (from the ridiculous amount of tail wagging going on, the dogs
think this is a fun game to play).
-my uncle has had two rescue GSDs and says its the best thing he has ever done. Much better than the other dogs he has owned.
My parents had a doberman when they first got married - he thought he was human and sat on the couch human fashion.
Also, I wouldn't recommend a husky if you live in a very hot climate as they overheat very quickly. Not fair to put a snow loving dog into a
I think whatever dog you choose to get just needs some love, attention, decent training and something to keep it entertained when you are not around
(at least until it gets older).
Sorry for all the rambling - I love my collection of dogs.