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Old 11-02-2016, 07:37 AM
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Jclark343 made a pretty darn good point about housing, seeing as GSD's DO teeter on the restricted list, and do have a lot of health issues. Looking at everything objectively, an Aussie would make more sense, but my SO is in favor of a WLGSD 😂 Ah, all I can say is Dios Mios.

I did actually come up with another point for you guys, though. I was focusing on lifestyle I forgot how Amora deals with dogs. I would definitely say she's "border collie-ish" in the sense that she tolerates other dogs, but when they try to get rough with her (She little and that makes them prone to putting their paws on her back and she HATES that) she'll snap at them. She doesn't have the real "happy with everyone" nature, like you would expect of a Golden. So, how would you say your dogs played with their pack members, or doggy friends?

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Aspen has some doggy friends but she doesn't like dogs that rough house either. Her play style is to RUN- she's so fast. Normally, if a friend wants to have a play date, I ask what their dogs play style is. If they rough house, I will likely say 'no thanks'. I don't see the point in having a play date that Aspen won't enjoy.
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:57 AM
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Forbes is like Amora. He actually herds dogs, that's more how he plays. And rough houses. He develops opinions on dogs, and if they do something that offends him in the beginning he will hold a vendetta against them forever. He doesn't do well with dogs trying to go up over his pack and will correct a dog with no issue if they try. I don't offer a ton of play dates with him and know that if things start to go south, I will have to leave and take him home.
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Forbes sounds like such a blessing 😂 Did you get him from a breeder? I've seen a TON of "mini aussie" breeders (shudders) but not a whole lot of standard (?) Aussie breeders

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@jclark343 Forbes and I may be related I hold a vendetta too when someone offends me haha

@AmoraAndCounting where are you located? Just an area is fine... As I search for a breeder that I like, I'm also finding a lot of mini Aussie breeders... but I have found some great standards too. I'm in New England (USA).
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I'm in Northwest Florida, but I don't mind a plane trip to anywhere (In the States) if they're worth it.

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Old 11-02-2016, 09:27 AM
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If you've decided on an Aussie, I would contact an Aussie club near you. They would certainly have breeders to recommend. You could also check out shows and agility trials to talk to some people
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@AmoraAndCounting, I did get Forbes from a breeder, but I got him at a year. He was going to be her confirmation dog but as he developed she realized his color was a little off and didn't want to have to go through the hassle of altering it to show him. He came with some issues.

Another Floridian! Although total opposite ends of the state (totally different places) lol.

A breeder I would suggest in Florida is Lazy L Australian Shepherds. I have a lady in my agility class who has had 2 aussies from them. Great dogs. I don't know if they have all the genetic testing (although I imagine they do) but they compete with their dogs. Great builds and good mindsets. Pricey, but I would consider a puppy from them if I was looking (I was tempted with this beautiful red tri they had that had the most ADORABLE freckles)

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IDK how far they are from you but at least it's in the state!
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My Border Collie tolerates zero rudeness. And she holds a serious grudge. That said, she is 35 pounds, and plays with a 10 month old Mastiff x Dane puppy who is very mouthy. He actually puts her whole back in his mouth, she tolerates it for a while before dishing out her correction.

Levi has corrected a dog twice in the two years I've had him. He's had dogs charge him, bite him, pin him, snarl, snap, borderline attack. He remains a goofball through all of it.
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So far what it's looking like is I'll get an Aussie, seeing as they're good at what I'm looking at getting into, and if I don't get the Potato Chip effect, and I still for some reason want a German, I'll get an German when the time is right.

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