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    BORDER Collies....???

    I am considering getting a new puppy. A border Collie as a companion dog. I know that they are herders (by breed).

    But has any one had a border collie as just a pet, and family member?

    Would you recommend them?
    Do THEY need a companion when left alone?

    Are border collies "content" with just walking and fetch and various other "minor" tricks?

    Is a 12 week old puppy "too old" as they may have bonded with humans in the household?

    Your help and input would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Thank you!
    Last edited by fuego; 11-24-2017 at 12:04 AM.

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    ....Temperament and needs

    Border Collies require considerably more daily physical exercise and mental stimulation than many other breeds.[5] The Border Collie is an intelligent dog breed;[1][6] in fact, it is widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed. Although the primary role of the Border Collie is to herd livestock, this breed is becoming increasingly popular as a companion animal.

    In this role, due to their working heritage, Border Collies are very demanding, playful, and energetic. They thrive best in households that can provide them with plenty of play and exercise, either with humans or other dogs.[5] Due to their demanding personalities and need for mental stimulation and exercise, many Border Collies develop problematic behaviours in households that are not able to provide for their needs.[7] They are infamous for chewing holes in walls, furniture such as chairs and table legs, destructive scraping and hole digging, due to boredom. Border Collies may exhibit a strong desire to herd, a trait they may show with small children, cats, and other dogs. The breed's herding trait has been deliberately encouraged, as it was in the dogs from which the Border Collie was developed, by selective breeding for many generations.[5] However, being eminently trainable, they can live amicably with other pets if given proper socialisation training.

    Before taking on the breed as a household pet, potential owners should be sure they can provide regular exercise commensurate with the collie's high energy and prodigious stamina.....

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    Thank you, I have all ready read that part on Wikipedia.

    Was looking for a practical previous owner response.

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    not previous owner but the word "hyperactive" comes to mind.

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    Redeemed, like you I had a German Shepherd, actually I've had several German Shepherds and absolutely love the breed. When my last one passed I decided to 'down-size' but still wanted a really smart dog.

    I started researching Border Collies but then learned about Australian Shepherds, they're pretty much identical in intelligence and can even look a lot alike but there's one big difference between them... Border Collies are extremely hyper and while the Aussie is very energetic too they thankfully have an off switch, they will eventually chill after a while.

    All my life I've had large intelligent dogs and trained them well but from the time I got Bo as puppy until he was about a year old...oh Lord, talk about a challenge!

    ...and Border Collies are even worse, they are among the most surrendered breeds at shelters because they need such constant exercise and mental stimulation. I would consider the Aussie instead but if you think you can make the commitment to keep them active every single day then go for it.

    Here's a link that explains a bit about each breed...let us know what you decide. :)

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    Krys, thank you very much. I have decided to pass on the border collies. If they are mixed with a lab, they have that "gentle" side of the lab and can "chill" like an Australian Shepherd.

    I am going to the SPCA tomorrow and see if I can find a companion. It's been a long few months and I truly miss having a dog/companion/friend and people want too much money for their puppies. It's unbelievable. But there might be a dog who is interested in me.

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