Also do they CERF (eyes) their breeding stock & BAER (hearing) due to the Dalmatian blood they are prone to deafness (it's also the reason the pups are born white & get their color over the first few weeks.
What kind of living situation do you live in? Apartment? House/yard? Or acreage? I have had my ACD (izze) in an apt before but I had an outlet for her energy, I worked/ boarded at a stable & took her every day with me to work & she was my trail riding buddy
. Be prepared for the most eventful, life changing, hair-pulling, frustrating, endearing 2 yr ride thru puppyhood that you will probably ever experience. ACDs are a breed like no other, it's hard to explain but once you get your bundle of joy & bond wih him/ her you'll see what I mean. Having a bond with an ACD is like nothing you have ever experienced, this is my hear breed but I am entering a place in my profession that will not allow me to have a puppy or another ACD as I can't give them what they need anymore
, Josefina, my rescue is vey low drive with very little herding inctincts so the is like having a "normal" dog lol, Izze is almost 10 yrs old & she can still outlast her 1 1/2 yr old sis at fetch & working
. I will never stop loving the ACD & will definately have another in the future some time when the time is right, there is something about the breed that grabs your soul.... If you can get thru the first 2yrs lol, those are the hardest.