|Barked: Sun Feb 1, '09 11:11pm PST |
|We also had a sheltie, and then my husband decided he wanted a collie because the one we had was always a nervous wreck. I mean, we'd have to go find her hiding in the house somewhere if she heard a little pop, or fireworks, or the Blue Angels airshow.
The rough collie we have now could care less if you dropped your keys (she just checks it out), and loves the campfire, sleeps through the fireworks and Blue Angels every year. She is also extremely intelligent. She does require lots of exercise, but is pretty laid back and easy-going. This is just how our collie is, and I'm sure there are others that are more energetic and more protective than ours. She also does not herd well, but we've seen other collies that have stronger instincts for herding. Cirrus is good at the ducks, but not sheep, for some reason.
We don't brush Cirrus enough, but she still looks good to other people. I just tell them to imagine what she'd look like if we brushed her! We need to be consistent with the brushing.
However, shelties are really good at herding, and even if you don't intend to compete or have sheep of your own, it's fun to take them to herd dog training classes - great for the exercise and the discipline (challenges the body and the mind). We didn't know this before, and our sheltie became overweight quickly.
So, I suppose if you want to go to collies, they are awesome and beautiful intelligent dogs, easy to train, smooth or not. Cirrus is very people and dog-friendly, too.
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