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I am trying to decide on a breed and/or mix breed (would look for these mixes if I adopt from shelter or petfinder). I have the chance to get an Aussie, but I want to make sure all of my options are explored before I make this big decision. (I didn't struggle this much over my apartment or car choice, BTW.) :eek:

Here are the things I'd like to have:

*Smart, pretty easily trained
*Basic tricks
*Maybe play ball/frisbee
*Attractive (aren't they all?)
*Good with older kids (mine is 7, visited occasionally by a 3 year old)
*Needs moderate exercise
*Eventually would like to get my daughter into 4-H with the dog
*Barking would be a problem as we can hear our neighbors all the time! (I can't wait to move to a house!!!)
*Small to small-medium dog (Avoiding toys or gargantuan dogs. LOL)

My facts:

*I live in an apt, second floor. Large floor space to play, and large yard/field in back right out our door.
*Off in the summers, work during school year 7 hours a day. Would be crated.
*I have a 7 year old daughter that NEEDS a companion and is very responsible and dog savvy.
*We walk about a mile or more each day and go to the park a couple times a week and walk even more.
*We have time to devote to play and training every day.
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If your daughter's interested in getting into Jr. Showmanship in more than 4-H you will need to get a purebred. Otherwise either a purebred or mixed breed will work. A Herding breed such as as Aussie, Collie (rough or smooth), Sheltie, or Corgi (either one) could work as long as you realize that these dogs absolutely must have jobs to do (i.e obedience, showing, agility, herding, etc) and require a lot of exercise. I've had Collies in apartments so it can work but some apartments have size restrictions so that's another consideration. A Whippet could be a great choice if there's a safely fenced area you could take the dog to a few times a week to run. Other possibilities would be a Border Terrier, Australian Terrier, Fox Terrier (smooth or wire), or a Toy Fox Terrier. Yes, I knoe the last one's in the Toy Group but they are terriers through and through.
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