|Barked: Thu Jan 31, '13 8:55pm PST |
|I'll have to chime in and agree with either a Rough or Smooth Collie. Natasha has me sucked into the world of Collies! Before we got her, I never really wanted a Collie, but now, it's obvious the breed is a good match for me. After I got her, I began researching the breed and found that Natasha was probably poorly bred and poorly socialized, resulting in a nervous and fearful dog, which isn't breed standard. They can be a bit barky, but I haven't had any issues with training her not to bark constantly. She is highly intelligent and has a unique play style that none of my other dogs have ever displayed, which I think is due to her herding heritage.
The only things I dislike about Natasha is her nervous, fearful behavior around new people and situations, but that's understandable considering her past, and I have no trouble with working with her on those issues. I really love fluffy, flowing coats, which fits the Rough Collie to a "T", but holy cow, is it a pain to groom! Especially since she absolutely adores running through tall grass while out walking and picks up every. single. burr! I don't have a professional groomer to turn to, so it's up to me to make her pretty again after every walk!
Only because of my personal grooming issues with the coat, if I were to choose a purebred Collie in the future, I would go with the Smooth Collie, since temperamentally they are about the same.
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