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Our family dog recently died after battling on and off poly neuropathy for 6 months, he was a very large labrador so it got to be exhausting. My mom would like to get another dog, she would like a puppy since previous dog was her only puppy ever and she enjoyed it. I would LOVE a border collie, I had one when I lived on a ranch and they are truly amazing dogs. I am looking into rescues and with that comes mixes, no small mixes, more like cattle dog type mixes.

We have chickens and cats that are loose so we can not have a type of dog that wants to, hunt? I guess? Or chase. I know my BC up north would chase (attemp at herding) the goats into their pens if I clapped my hands, which was her signal. She would occasionally go after my cats but they would chase her back so I think it was play *shrugs*

We have a large backyard for the dog to play in, I like to walk a lot and I ride horses so the dog can come play on the ranch with me and the other dogs. I have done dog classes with my trainers dogs and will start puppy classes with this one, I want to get into competition obdience and my boyfriend would like to do fly ball.

What do you think about BC's in this type of situation? Overall, what do is the consensus on them? What health issues do they come with?
 

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herding is technically the hunt but humans have changed the sequence to remove the "kill" portion of the hunt...So yes your dog will probably chase animals ALOT but not hurt them.

That said lots of training and supervision can fix the rest but I think a breed with a lower drive might be better if you just want a pet not a working dog. They need work...lots of it.



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