SoloRiver Posted September 6, 2007 Report Share Posted September 6, 2007 I figured I'd start putting feelers out there and this is as good a place as any to put one. In the next year or two I would like to add a puppy to my household. I am not in a hurry. I would rather wait for the right breeding than get a pup sooner. This is the first time I have ever looked to buy a puppy, much less such a specific puppy, so I am open to collective wisdom here. She must be a bitch as I do not want to keep another male and Solo together. I am looking for a pup to be my next working and trial dog, and it will be the first puppy I have any hand in raising myself, as well as training on stock from the ground up. Therefore, I am not looking for a pup from a breeding that might produce great, great dogs but ones that would be hard for someone like me to handle and train. I would like a dog who is biddable and has a nice quiet manner around sheep, like Fly does, but with more oomph than she has and probably a bit less eye, freer to move, more willing to walk straight in rather than getting stuck. I do not think I can handle the type of dog that you need to hold on to with white knuckles, although such dogs can be extremely excellent working partners for the right handlers. I'm quite assertive and have no problem enforcing commands but I will be frustrated if I feel like I have to fight with my dog too much. If she does not turn out to be my next trial dog, she will be my agility dog full time. I believe that any working-bred Border Collie would be good at agility, so I am not hung up on "perfect structure" and I am not interested in any versatility breedings. I am only interested in breeders who register with working registries and will not consider AKC-registered puppies, nor will I register any pup I buy with AKC. I have little to no interest in breeding dogs and am perfectly willing to sign a spay/neuter contract, but I would prefer not to spay until she is physically mature, at least two years of age. I am also comfortable with keeping an intact bitch, I have done it in the past and did not consider it a hardship. If I develop into a much more astute trainer and handler than I am now and if it turns out that she is the Best Sheepdog in the World and if I had really, really really good advice I might be convinced to breed her but honestly, I have no such plans and the odds all that will happen, well, you know. It probably goes without saying I am hoping for a rock-solid temperament. I prefer a more thoughtful, serious personality and the type of dog I can have conversations with, a dog who is inventive and clever, intuitive and fun to live with -- basically Solo's personality, but not his temperament. I don't care what color she is, but in an ideal world she will have light eyes. There are some breedings I am interested in and some that I hope will be repeated that I am interested in. I could be ready anytime in the next year or two. Solo and Fly are both eight years old now and I think the time is right to start looking for a puppy. Any leads for responsible breedings of working dogs are welcome by PM. Any questions about the home I would provide are also welcome by PM or here (if I think they are too personal, I will answer them by PM rather than here). Any comments that will help me in my search for a pup (and by extension, possibly educate other readers of the Boards who might be in the same position) are welcome publically, here. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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