|Barked: Sun Sep 28, '08 10:50pm PST |
|Here is what I know from my own experience, but every dog is different, even within breeds, of course:
We had a sheltie for a long time, and she was always a nervous wreck, every little noise and movement seemed to get her jumpy. We would have to look for her all over the house when she was hiding, and would find her under the bed, or in a closet! Hard to take her camping, too, because the popping noises from the fire made her want to flee.
Now we have a female collie. She is one of those happy-go-lucky easy going dogs. She doesn't bark excessively, and loves people and dogs. The only problem is that when people start petting her, sometimes, she walks on by. I wanted her to be a therapy dog because of her calming nature, but her walking away from someone petting her might hurt someone's feelings. I have to tell her to stay when I want my mom to pet her.
But those are just the way our dogs have been. I am inclined to say, however, that shelties may have a higher energy level and require more vigorous exercise than a collie. Maybe not. One thing's for sure - they are both intelligent dogs!
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