Hello everyone. I am looking to find out a little more between a few herding breeds. I've had a Heeler mix and two Aussie Shepherds but all three were very atypical of the breeds and I think I may have just been getting lucky with calm dogs! Lol. I'm hoping a few of you here have experience with the breeds I'm now looking into and can give me a better idea if they're right for me at this point in my life. I'm looking for a dog that works closely with me, biddable, I love Velcro dogs, I don't want an overly friendly towards strangers dog(will not leave me for the first person he sees), I don't mind snarky attitudes too much(all my herders have had an attitude and a half), has an off switch, not a very vocal dog (can't stand constant barks, prefer a quiet worker). I am hoping to find a dog that will do trials with me or play sports or at the very least accompany us on hikes/trips to the ocean etc. He will be an inside dog part of the family first and foremost. We have two small mixed breed females and my girl is the most stubborn, what's in it for me attitude but loves everyone and if given the chance will leave with the first person to say hi to her The breeds I have been looking into mainly because we are in a very hot dry climate and Id prefer a wash and wear dog are ACDs, Kelpie, Border Collie, Mcnab (not too familiar with the whole BC/Mcnab debate), Aussie Shepherd, Koolie, Catahoula Leopard Dog.