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We do a lot of outdoor activities, but no hunting, trials, etc. In all of my research, there are mixed messages. Some say with good excercise and attention they can be great house pets. We only have half acre and it is not fenced. Our B&T mix is great offleash so that is not an issue at this point.
I wouldn't count on being able to safely allow the dog off leash. This pretty much goes for ANY dog. So if not being bale to let the dog out in the yard with no fence and no leash is a deal breaker, then you may reconsider getting any dog at all. You're lucky enough with your current dog but there's no way to guarantee the new dog will be reliable enough for that. They almost definitely won't be as a puppy/young adult, and may never be as an adult. Especially since you are going with a breed not well known for wanting to work closely with it's handler. They can make excellent pets, there is nothing wrong with the breed, but wanting a dog guaranteed to be off leash safe, the breed might not be your best bet. You may want to consider a herding breed dog instead.
 
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