|Barked: Tue Aug 4, '09 8:55pm PST |
|Shelties hard to work with? I wonder who breeds around you locally. Must not be great lines. If you get your sheltie from a good breeder, they are incredibly biddable.
For a first sheltie, you want to look for lines that are outgoing, but not working lines. Shelties can be overly shy, so avoid those shelties. They are poorly bred and may be too fearful to take on the stresses of agility. A sheltie from working lines may be exactly the opposite - way too over the top and high drive. These dogs need jobs, lots of training and an experienced handler.
But a nice, outgoing sheltie from a good breeder may be what you'd like. They are hairy and do shed. They are also barkers. And they do exhibit herding behaviors (ie. ankle biting, biting clothes, herding cats, etc.)
Be sure to really research the breed you choose AND the breeder. A good match with breed and breeder will make your future life with your dog MUCH better.
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