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Old 01-24-2008, 04:01 PM
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I once considered getting a Toller, and did quite a lot of looking, before finally making the decision to get my dream dog (working line Aussie). It seems all the breeds you are considering share the critical need for early and ongoing socialization. Even then, there are individuals of all these breeds that will not be "everyone's friend". In my opinion, all are very versatile breeds which you could use for any of the sports. I really do like the "chrome" on my red merle, though... and I especially like the herding dog brilliance. But, I'm sure I could have lived with a Toller quite nicely, too. I've had a few in my classes, and I did notice that the ones that were not socialized to death were somewhat snarky with other dogs. But, you will get that from the herders, too. "Don't invade my personal space!!!!!"
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:33 PM
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I've only met two tollers and they would influence my decision to chose a different breed.
They were both beautiful and friendly---but they had more energy than I think I'd enjoy.If they were more laid back, I'd love one

I met one sheltie at a dog show who greeted me like a long lost relative. I was surprised at his friendliness. My first sheltie tolerated strangers. My new one doesn't like them at all. But then, she was socialized as much as my first one.

I still adore shelties, but maybe I'll get a collie next time.
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