I am 16 and want a Border Collie, I have done all my research and know that they need alot of exercise and attention. Here are my circumstances; I have a small but very submissive dog, I walk/run at least 2 hours a day and love the dog I have, the dog I have now connot keep up with me on my walks and I would really like to do agility and flyball, I tought my puppy to go down the slippery dip all by herself as well as sit in the baby swing at the park so I know I am capable of training.

I have spoken to breeders but they have given me the breed standards and what they are supposed to be, so now I am asking you all for you opinions on owning and caring for border collies and telling me whether it would be an option of me getting one.
thank you mel xoxo
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On 24 Feb 2006 06:12:56 -0800, "Melinda"
I am 16 and want a Border Collie, I have done all my research and know that they need alot ... on owning and caring for border collies and telling me whether it would be an option of me getting one.

I don't know you or your priorities, so I'm going to play devil's advocate a bit.
Do you date? Have a part time job? Involved in school activities? Be honest with how much time you have to devote to the dog (you may have a ton, maybe a bit, maybe not much at all).
Do you have college plans? What will happen to the dog when you go off to college (my father started to indulge my dog in more ways than I thought possible!)?
Do you drive yet? Agility trials and flyball tournaments can often mean going out of town overnight. Do you have the ability and funds to do that? A parent who's willing to go along?
While it's hard to say, your post-college plans for living arrangements, etc come into play as well.
You may be a very mature young woman who has this planned out, has parents who back you up solidly, etc, or you may be wanting something NOW that may not be possible or practical for the life of your dog. Just things to think about - life changes a lot from 16-30.
I had *MY* dog from the age of almost 15. I left him behind when I went to college, as it was the only choice. I also left him when I moved to anoher state (again, no choice), although I "reclaimed" him in 2 years, he had a stay-at-home retired "dad" and I visited often (even though the agreement was that the dog went with me, my father had a hard time letting go and only did so willingly when he was about to move to FL). After I moved him, he lived with me for another 7 years.

My husband married both of us ;-D. I was very lucky to have him for 15.5 years, but my life also changed a lot over those years. I was fortunate that I was able to provide for him all the way along. Can you say the same will be true? If the answer is yes, there's no reason not to have a dog who can be exactly what you want and get you involved in some great activities.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I am 16 and want a Border Collie, I have done all my research and know that they need alot ... for border collies and telling me whether it would be an option of me getting one. thank you mel xoxo

why the need to get a pure bred pet? There are lots of mutts that make great pets and will be killed if not adopted. Border Collie mix with labs are a good one.
why the need to get a pure bred pet? There are lots of mutts that make great pets and will be killed if not adopted. Border Collie mix with labs are a good one.

why the need to criticize someone who wants a purebred pet? Guilt for someone else's failure or poor choice is NOT a good reason to choose a dog.
SOME BC/Lab mixes are great, some ok, some awful - just like any other dog. Choosing CAREFULLY should always be priority #1.

Owner of a well-chosen mix from a shelter (who was not in danger of being killed), a carefully chosen purebred dog, and a poorly bred purebred puppy from a shelter, who may indeed have been killed.
Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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why the need to get a pure bred pet?


There's just no end to this crap...

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why the need to get a pure bred pet? ... Border Collie mix with labs are a good one.

why the need to criticize someone who wants a purebred pet? Guilt for someone else's failure or poor choice is ... a carefully chosen purebred dog, and a poorly bred purebred puppy from a shelter, who may indeed have been killed.

who are you? Sounds like you're the critic here. We're talking about a pet here not a show dog. "Choosing carefully": well there's some advice. Woah! Thanks!
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why the need to get a pure bred pet?

There's just no end to this crap...

yep! "sigh"
who are you? Sounds like you're the critic here. We're talking about a pet here not a show dog.

All the more reason to really think this through - ideally, if you get the dog as a pup you'll have him/her for over a decade. When you're young your life changes a lot from year to year. Border Collies are extremely intense dogs compared to dogs of other breeds. I really don't think I could live with one, and I have seven Siberian Huskies. I've been reading Janet's posts for a few years now and I understood her not to be saying "choose the prettiest dog out there" but "take the time to make sure that the breed is the best suited to your personality and your lifestyle over the expected life of the dog." And that's about as reasonable advice as you can find.
However, if what you're looking for is a chorus of agreement that sure, you should just go out and get the dog without thinking about how the dog will fit into your life over the coming decade, wow are you in the wrong place.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

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who are you? Sounds like you're the critic here. We're talking about a pet here not a show dog.

All the more reason to really think this through - ideally, if you get the dog as a pup you'll ... about how the dog will fit into your life over the coming decade, wow are you in the wrong place.

never said that. Do you know how to read? Good fishing though.
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