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Old 07-15-2012, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by ihartgonzo View Post
Usually you'll find that Cardi breeders either specialize in Blue Merles/Tris/Sables/Reds, or Brindles/Tris/Sables/Reds, as Brindles and Blues aren't supposed to be bred together.
According to the CWCCA of America, blue merles can only be bred to tri's. Not reds, not sables. Just tri's and tri's alone.

A Cardi could definitely work for you. They're a herding breed with touches of the primitive. They're watchful and vocal, but not typically outright aggressive. They definitely have cattle dog tendencies.

If you have any interest in dog sports, be aware that a great many breeders focus on conformation and conformation alone. I'd look for someone who is actively pursuing performance titles with their dogs, can point to performance titled dogs they've produced, and is producing (relatively) moderate dogs - as in, dogs that aren't mostly big head, stuffy chest, and non-existant legs.

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Old 07-15-2012, 10:57 PM
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All info on the Cardi's noted! Particularly about the bit on finding breeders that work their dogs. I do find that extremely important when looking at working breeds. Major thanks to you both!

As far wanting puppies, I actually do want a puppy. I just said young-ish because I'm not opposed to a slightly older dog.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:13 AM
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I second the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I've been thinking of them as a future breed as well. Seems to fit your bill. Protective, very active, not " I love everyone", a challenge, needs good socialization though. They are fricken gorgeous too.

To help you decide...


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