|Barked: Wed Aug 13, '14 11:59pm PST |
|All of the breeds you mentioned, except for smooth collie (which I would consider med.-high), are high energy.
Shelties and aussies are going to be a bit harder to keep cool in Miami weather, as double coated breeds like these should never be shaved. They would be even hotter if you ever shaved them down. I would suggest looking into english labradors. They are typically much healthier and much smaller (50-65lbs when at a healthly weight, breeders keep their show dogs fat. I've seen some even smaller females) than the 80lb+ american labs. I train english labs for a program, and they make fantastic service dogs.
Personally, I use a collie. I breed and show them as well, and am very familiar with the breed. Mine is a small male at about 70lbs. Females tend to be quite a bit smaller than males averaging at 65lbs. Collies may be a bit bigger than you want, but they are the most relaxed dogs and are real couch potatoes. They tend to not need a lot of food and are picky eaters. Mine only eats about 3-3.5 cups of food a day, he refuses any more than that. They love to help (sometimes to the point of getting in the way lol) and follow you around like puppies.
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