|Barked: Mon Apr 16, '12 5:29pm PST |
|I don't take those breed selector quizzes very seriously.. Not one of them that I ever took EVER matched me with Border Collies. There's probably a reason for that (I don't own a farm, for one) or they're smart enough to not recommend extremely active, needy breeds to people even if they seem like a good fit from the answers they selected.
Don't let it get you down. If you really adore a breed, and more importantly: if you KNOW what you're getting in to, and you're WILLING and able to change your life if needed to suit the breed (within reason of course--I wouldn't quit your job or anything like that!) But if you're willing to put forth everything your dog will need to be happy with his life then it can work out beautifully.
I'll tell ya, I first fell in love with Border Collies when I was about 18, and always had people telling me--even my own family telling me--that there was no way I could handle such a dog. They'll say things like "oh, WHAT kind of dog do you want??? Oh, no! Think about that. You REALLY don't want that dog!" and yeah, it did make me stop and really think about whether it was a wise decision... But the more I started learning about dogs, I learned it's not necessarily how big your yard is, but how much time and effort you're willing to put in to giving your dog a good life and an outlet for his energy and intelligence.
I waited 8 years to get Nix. My first, Ava, is a great mixed breed girl but even after getting her I still kept wanting a BC. It was a long wait, but it was worth it because I was more or less totally prepared for the dog I got. We don't have a farm, and I don't work from home, but we all go on off-leash hikes every day, and Nix has his jobs that keep him happy, and both are happy, well-balanced doggies.
Edited by author Mon Apr 16, '12 5:43pm PST
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