Is ACD right for me

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Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 7:27pm PST 
Hey I have a question for acd ownwers. I am researching dog breeds and am going to get a dog soon and I came across the acd. I like the look of the dog and I like its high activity level and intelligence. However, I dont live on a farm or have lots of room for the dog to run. I have a fenced back yard roughly 100 x 100 feet. I live a very active lifestyle as I into running,biking, and fishing. I could give the dog plenty of exercise in the afternoons and i live right next to a dog park. But i do work nights and sleep during the day up till around 2 pm. Does the cattle dog need more stimulation that this in order to thrive? Thank you and any info is appreciated.

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Barked: Thu Feb 21, '13 1:05pm PST 
Hi! It sounds like you lead a very active life style and if you plan on including your dog in the hiking, biking, running, etc.., then and ACD would be very happy! ACDs are not a starter dog and require a dog savvy person so if you aren't familiar with dogs, it may not be a good choice for your fist dog. They can be prone to nipping (nipping small children and people is not an uncommon behavior), have a high prey drive (killing small animals such as ducks, chickens, small pets is not unusual) and they can be destructive if not mentally and physically stimulated. I am by no means saying that you shouldn't get one and I have had ACDs for over 22 yrs. I think they're the most wonderful breed but I also admit that they can be a lot of work. Many people with small children find that their ACDs nip them and knock them down and then the dog ends up in the shelter. So if you are prepared to train the dog and spend significant time exercising him/her daily, then absolutely, an ACD will bring you so much joy! We have a yard and a nice romp playing frisbee and herding a basketball is excellent exercise for our ACDs as long as we do it for a prolonged period of time. They definitely are not couch potatoes but after being exercised, they curl up next to you and relax.