I've had the same debate in my head for a bit now. I go so back and forth between about 4-5 different breeds.
I really really wanna try a herder. I've loved all the ones I've been around, Jackson gets along with them the best, and I just love the vibe and energy I get from them. Just can't decide which one.
The BC's I've been around have mostly been agility folk, so I've never seen one in home life, but my trainer said hers is really chill inside, has a good off switch. But when he's on the agility field, he's on
. I've never seen the focus of the BCs I've been around in any other breed honestly. My old trainer had 4 BC's, only one with noise issues.
I mean, to be honest, to me, it's not a huge
issue. Jackson is very noise sensitive (fireworks, gunshots, popping type noises, etc). But really the only time I have to deal with it is on the fourth of July, and very occasionally when he hears a gunshot down on the farm when they are hunting. But all he does is go hide under the bed. Super loud thunder can often make him pant and pace, but it's not really anything unlivable. But he's totally fine in public... with most general loud noises. Is there a reason you're concerned about it, like do you live in an area with alot of these noises? It's definitely not something I'd choose
to have in a dog, but I honestly find a lot of dogs are scared of these types of things, so you just never know.
I love the sound of Koolies but I'm not sure they'd fit me, or Jackson. The reason he has liked the BC's he's been around is because they tend to be respectful of his space, no body slamming, just chase-type games, etc. Not real rough (he hates most bully type's for this reason). He doesn't like being pawed at or jumped on. I also get annoyed by real jumpy type dogs, dogs who get on the counters, etc, and I know a lot of this is a training issue, but it kind of seems like a Koolie thing? lol... correct me if I'm wrong. How do you think Nia would react? Those of you with Koolies, how is their play style with other dogs, specifically smaller dogs?
I think if I'm going to get a herder, I'd probably end up with a Mini American Shepherd as a start. I really think I'd like one from what I've read as well as experienced. I love that a lot of them have enough drive to go out and play frisbee, ball, etc, but not quite as intense as a BC, they're smaller (I just prefer under 25-30lbs), less bulky (some of them), etc.
But then I see a Border Terrier and fall in love.
But damnit, I want to try a herder!