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Old 12-12-2004, 01:24 PM
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I have no clue what breed of dog would be best for my family. Right now, we have narrowed it down to bernese mountain dog, border collie, golden, lab....
Let me tell you what living conditions the dog will have:
living indoors
playtime outside whenever he wants (2/3 acre garden)
at least one walk daily
Two children(12, 14), two adults in the house
Two guinea pigs

which dog would be best, and do you have any other suggestions?
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Old 12-12-2004, 01:48 PM
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i can picture a border collie.
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Old 12-12-2004, 01:50 PM
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do border collies make good guard dogs? what about a labrador retriever/border collie mix? are those any good?
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Old 12-12-2004, 04:03 PM
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Bernese Mountain dogs need a lot of exercise and they shed really bad. Their coat needs quite a bit of attention.

A border collie sounds good for you. I know someone who has 3 and they are so smart and they are great with children. Labs can chew a lot, my mom has one and my dog right now is half lab. But he is great. Border collies are good watch dogs, they were bred to watch and herd sheep and other animals, so it would be a good watch dog. Now a guard dog is a bit different than a watch dog in my opinion. Depends want you want out of that.

I wouldn't mind having a border collie myself. I have heard they are great dogs.
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Old 12-12-2004, 05:12 PM
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Just one thing with the Border Collies, they need LOTS of mental exercise. But I don't know, you might be able to provide that. If you wanted a watchdog, any of those would be fine, but if you wanted a guard dog, that would rule out the Golden and the Lab.
Have you considered an Australian Shepherd? Those are a little bit less intensce(sp!?!lol) than Border Collies.
Border Collie/Lab mixes come in all types of temperments. All mixes do. I have a GSD/Australian Cattle Dog/Lab/Rottie mix and her temperment is more like a Greyhound!
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Old 12-12-2004, 05:29 PM
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what do you mean by mental stimulation?
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Old 12-12-2004, 06:10 PM
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They get bored very easily so therefore chewing and destruction could occur. They need a job b/c they are bred for herding and watching. They tend to do very well in agility courses and things like that.

Australian Shepherd was a good suggestion. Very similar in size to a border collie. They are very pretty dogs too.

What about a Weimaraner? They do need an outlet for their keen intelligence also.

Golden Retreiver?
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Old 12-14-2004, 02:29 PM
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Here is how I would describe all of the dogs mentioned.

Lab- a great family dog that gets along well with other pets and kids. Not a guard dog. Are medium to large in size and need daily walks. Are highly trainable. Likes to chew and LOVES water. Fine for Novice owners.

Golden Retreiver- a great family dog that gets along well with other pets and kids. Not a guard dog. Needs brushing to prevent matting. Are medium to large in size and needs daily walks. Highly trainable. Likes to chew. Fine for novice owners.

Bernese Mt. Dog- good with kids and other pets. Not a guard dog. Sheds a WHOLE bunch. Are large to Giant in size and are suspectable to heat stroke in hot weather. Needs a daily walk. Can be trained easily. Can learn how to pull a cart. Fine for novice owners.

Border Collie- good with kids and family pets. Are meduim to large in size and need a LOT of exercise. Needs to have a job to keep its active mind busy. This isn't a breed that will just sit at home and watch TV with a walk a day. Are very smart, but can be a challange to train because of that. Best for experienced owners.

Australian Shepherd- good with kids and family pets. May not tolorate strange animals. Medium to Large in size. Needs a daily jog and activities to keep it busy. Very smart but can be stubborn. Not as intensce(sp!!) as a Border Collie. Best for experienced owners.

Weimaraner- good with kids and maybe with family pets. May be same sex aggresive and has a high prey drive. Needs daily jogs. Can be a challange to train. Can be bossy and dominant if the owner doesn't take charge. Large in size. Best for experienced owners.

All of that was just IMO but I think it rings true. Actually, when I was typing that up two breeds just popped into my mind that you might want to look into as well. A Standard Poodle or a Vishla. Those sound like pretty good matches for you too. Here is my summary of them:

Vishla- Good with kids and other animals. Can have a prey drive. Needs daily exercise. (The more, the better.) Are stubborn, but easy to train for the most part. Medium to Large in size. Fine for Novice owners. (Beware-these are Velcro dogs! lol)

Standard Poodle- Good with kids and other animals. Needs daily walks. Needs to be clipped every month but hardly sheds. Good for people with allergies. Tiny, Small, or Medium in size. Are easy to train and they like to do 'stupid' pet tricks. Aren't prissy fru-fru dogs. Fine for Novice owners. (Beware-BYBs abound in this breed. Make sure you find a good one. Note: cockerpoos, labradoodles, goldendoodles, etc. aren't breeds.)

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Please don't rule out mixed breeds. They sometimes seem to bring out the best of multiple breeds. I have 2 mixed breed dogs, and they both have great personalities. Very well adjusted! Another advantage of a mixed breed....most are already at your local shelter for virtually free!
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oh, i definately havnt ruled out mixes. Is there any particular combo of dogs that are pretty mellow? we seem to have a lot of border collie/lab mixes round here. how are those?
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