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Old 10-10-2006, 01:38 PM
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Aussies are a good idea. Border Collies too, but be sure to get out and meet some of them before you get one. Some people love how intense they are, and others can't stand it. Both breeds are marvelous agility dogs and quite easy to train.

What size dog do you want? How much time do you have to spend with it during the day? My Border Collie does fine if I leave for the day, but he does need someone to come in every 4-5 hours to let him outside. Some dogs get very destructive when left alone and need to be confined to a crate when their owners leave.
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:01 PM
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I don't know what size you're looking for, but a Sheltie fits the bill. They are intelligent, easy to train, agile, energetic, but not too intense. If you want to go on a run, they'll be happy to do that. If you want to sit down on the couch, they'll be happy to do that.

Aussies would probably be good too...
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:47 PM
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Also good advice - think about what really bugs you. In my experience, highly strung people are not good with the really bad barkers - shelties, terriers, toys, collies (basically, the breeds whose barks go straight through your skull). If you're very neat, a big, happy, drool-flinging Irish Setter might be a bad idea. If you're a human version of the Irish Setter, a neatnik or somber dog might be a drag (ex, the very serious Scottish Terrier, or the excessively tidy-looking and rather fragile Italian Greyhound)
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:39 PM
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If you're a human version of the Irish Setter, a neatnik or somber dog might be a drag (ex, the very serious Scottish Terrier, or the excessively tidy-looking and rather fragile Italian Greyhound)
Sorry, that made me laugh quite a bit.

But a very good point to think about!
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Thanks Zoom !
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Old 10-12-2006, 02:27 AM
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i have a boxer and siberian and they seem to fit your requirements. both are energetic and extremely smart. i'm a first time dog owner (although i was raised with a golden retriever and labs when i was younger and lived at home). people say huskies are difficult for first time owners, but i have never had any problems or issues. he's wonderful! and so is my boxer!
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:24 AM
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I'd suggest a Schipperke. This is my favourite breed anyway. They are small, agile, loyal, great guard dogs who don't ever bark without a very good reason and they are the best Agility dogs They're also small enough to go anywhere with you!
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:29 AM
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but arent Schipperkes not best for first time owners??
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:59 PM
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I wouldn't say that at all actually...... Schipps are perfect little family dogs. They might be quite active but the person did say she was going to do Agility with it. I know a few first time owners that got a Schipperke and they're all so happy with their decision that they say they'll never have another breed again. Getting your pup from a good breeder is a must though ......
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Old 10-12-2006, 10:37 PM
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ok i heard somewhere that they werent. i dont know much about all teh little breeds.
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