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Old 08-20-2008, 02:18 PM
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Well, from my experience rural shelters have a ton of BCs and ACDs and many many mixes in them. We have at least 2 seemingly purebred border collies almost every time I go in to work.

Anyways.... no idea if the OP is reading anymore either.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:20 PM
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Where did you get that?
Of all of the shelters I've worked at I don't think I've seen a lot of Border collies. I see Labs, pit bulls & Corgis more often than Border collies. And I've never seen more than a few Heelers at the shelters...

But I guess it must be true that people will dump one because they can get too demanding as far as attention and exercise. I knew someone who had a BC that chewed his paws because he got too bored.

There are quite a few for adoption, but not as many as a lot of other breeds.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:30 PM
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It must depend on the area of the country . . . There are always plenty of border collies / border collie mixes at the shelters near me. Not a lot of heelers, though.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:31 PM
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Like I said, go with your heart and do your research.
I personally think they should do their research and then go with their head, not heart. Going with their heart may only result in picking a breed that's not suitable for their lifestyle...and we all know how that often ends. Unfortunately liking a breed doesn't mean the match will be perfect. I loved briards and thought I wanted one until I lived with one for a while. Luckily I was only helping the breeder out by socializing and training and the dog was going back home after a couple months. But what if I had bought the dog and made that commitment and then discovered "Holy Crap, this dog has WAY more drive and energy than I can handle."

I still love briards and my heart agrees, but my head tells me that no, they are not a smart choice for my particular lifestyle right now.
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Where did you get that? That may be true for your area, but here I have never seen more than two BC -or mixs- in our HS.

If you don't mind me asking, Smexy, how many Border Collies have you worked with?
Here as well. It took me many many months to even find a Border Collie for adoption anywhere. I'm not sure where you are at, but there just aren't as many. And ACD are just as impossible to find. You can find mixes, but no more than maybe a 25% mix. Mostly labs, goldens and pit bulls are in the shelters here.

I've worked with a lot of ACD's, mostly ones at boarding kennels. They are happy dogs, friendly, and they do well with other dogs. At least the ones I've seen. Border collies here are practically nil. I've met ones at the kennel, but very very rarely in shelters. Most of the ones I've seen are being given up via Craigslist because they are having a baby, or moving, and don't want to deal with the dog. All the Border Collies I've met have been friends, or dogs at the kennel. They have all been superb dogs.

Also, I too would like to know how many Border Collies you've worked with Smexy...
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:34 PM
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Smexy, how many Border Collies have you worked with?
Three; so not many. I realize you probably have much more experience with Border collies than me, but I've worked with them enough to get an idea of what they're like.

I only know my own experiences, though.
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Old 08-20-2008, 02:36 PM
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Here as well. It took me many many months to even find a Border Collie for adoption anywhere. I'm not sure where you are at, but there just aren't as many. And ACD are just as impossible to find. You can find mixes, but no more than maybe a 25% mix. Mostly labs, goldens and pit bulls are in the shelters here.

I've worked with a lot of ACD's, mostly ones at boarding kennels. They are happy dogs, friendly, and they do well with other dogs. At least the ones I've seen. Border collies here are practically nil. I've met ones at the kennel, but very very rarely in shelters. Most of the ones I've seen are being given up via Craigslist because they are having a baby, or moving, and don't want to deal with the dog. All the Border Collies I've met have been friends, or dogs at the kennel. They have all been superb dogs.

Also, I too would like to know how many Border Collies you've worked with Smexy...
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We have of course mostly pits, hounds and labs but we get a lot of 6 month- 2 year old herding type dogs. Like I said we usually have one herding mix litter of pups, one or two purebred BCs, an Aussie, and some types of ACD/BC mix looking dogs all the time. I don't think we've had a purebred ACD, but we have an ACd mix usually. Then again, we're the only shelter for a long ways and we're taking care of several rural counties.

I try t work with every BC we get in just for experience. Most our dogs come in for stupid reasons and lots of people seem to get in over their heads. But that's the same for most breeds. They've all been delightful fun dogs. Love to play fetch, love going out in the run. Most are friendly, a few seem to be shy at first.

Okay, gah... I'm wanting one again!
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Okay, gah... I'm wanting one again!
Uh, does that go away?
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Rarely!
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Rarely!
LOL!

Since the OP doesn't seem to be coming back...how's little Hiro doing?
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