kingfisher7151 Posted February 7, 2014 Report Share Posted February 7, 2014 I am finally in a place in life where I am ready to bring home a dog of my own! For many, many years I have hoped to bring home a border collie. I'll give a little background on myself: I have had dogs nearly all my life of many different shapes and sizes. My absolute favorite dog is one my family currently has, and he's a brilliant standard poodle. I am currently finishing up my last year in college and have a steady income and housing situation. I am close with my family, where I visit for 2-3 days per week and am able to spend summers at home. I compete with working cowhorses so my family's house sits on 7 acres with our 3 horses and a donkey. We do not have cattle, and don't necessarily need a dog for herding intentions. Given the horse situation, between March and October I spend every day outside for at least 3-4 hours doing barn chores, and at least every other weekend is spent at a horse show. These horse shows are incredibly dog friendly, and it's there where I've had most of my interactions with border collies. They have most definitely attracted me more than any other breed of dog. When I'm not at home with the horses and such, I'm at school where I live in a pet friendly house. The yard isn't really much to talk about, but I am half a block from large enclosed campus fields. The campus itself is incredibly dog friendly, you'll often find dogs in the buildings themselves. I am an avid walker and easily have 3-4 hours daily to dedicate to outdoor activities as well as training exercises. I am a training geek, which is part of why I am attracted to border collies. I have adored the intelligence of my poodle, but am just ready for something different. In my heart of hearts I feel like a border collie would be a wonderful match for my lifestyle. However! I have my second thoughts. I hear so many horror stories of border collies destroying homes, lives, etc. I feel like these incidents must occur with owners who aren't prepared, but I also wonder if maybe I'm not prepared. I understand the border collies are hell on four legs for a loooong time, and I feel like I have more than enough time to dedicate to the dog. But does it sound like my situation would be fairly conducive to a border collie? At first I thought that the essential lack of a yard would be a major disadvantage, but I thought more about it and have come to the conclusion that yards are just lazy ways to exercise a dog. I will absolutely not find myself in a situation where I bring home a dog, only to find 3 months later that both me and the dog are miserable. I also realize that many people here would like to see a dog placed in a working home. Am I out of line to hope that people would find it appropriate to own a border collie and NOT work cattle or sheep? I always figured that the dogs 'work' will be whatever career I choose, whether it be herding sheep or herding frisbees. I am also interested in being involved in dog sports, not for the activity itself but rather for the experience between dog and handler. I apologize for the novel and the scattered thoughts, it's just a very big decision! I've been making plans for over a year now, and feel like I would be making a good decision, but I'd love to hear others' thoughts! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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