Originally Posted by Dan-A
Your dogs are beautiful. We looked into getting a border collie after our Akita died
, and the conventional wisdom said that if you cannot work them and keep them busy, get a different breed.
In my fifty some years of life I have only had four Border Collies, I get alot of miles out of them! In the last twenty years they have become a very popular breed. Most every rancher around me has several and they are in many TV ads.
I would say that the conventional wisdom is correct 98% of the time. Many city people buy them and most of those end up in shelters or rescues. They need a big back yard (or a ranch). If you don't have any work for them to do they will figure something out on their own, usually with disastrous results.
When my last one died I didn't want any more dogs, it takes alot of time to train them which cuts into my riding time!
Well about three months later my wife and son found Zeke at at a breeder. He was two years old, and had been agility trained and shown and was her stud, but had never been around cattle or even inside a house. At 52 pounds he is big for the breed, most are 35 to 40. Very laid back and calm, most are tightly wound.
My wife turned this one into a house pet! He sometimes goes with me to the ranch but his main goal in life is to get into and stay in the house, to be with us. He never runs off. He likes to play ball with the children on the street, but he won't leave the front yard unless I go with him. The only reason he has a leash is because it is the law.
But he does have a few phobias. He cannot be in a room with a running ceiling fan. You should have seen him when I let him out of my truck in the middle of a wind farm!