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Ok, this is not in the "near " future (it will be when Izze passes on & I get thru losing her) I'm entertaining the thought of adopting an adult dog next time (but this will be my first adult adoption, previously I have just done puppies) but I am all pup'd out :/ & need a break, I like that an adult's temperament will all ready be established & "puppy stupidity will be behind him/her.

But my main question is..... ACD/mix ....... Shelter mix....... Or the other breed I have always wanted, a collie?
 

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I think collies are just wonderful dogs, IMHO. One of the BEST dogs I've ever met was a smooth collie/GSD mix. If I could have taken him home, I would have. Just smart as a tack and one of the best personalities ever.

His owners used to write poems about how awesome he was LMAO! ;-)
 

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Collies are great, muttly mutts are great, and didn't you say that ACDs are your heart breed? So really any of those would work for you, I think. But the problem with looking into these things so far in advance (Izze's what, 8 or 9? It'll probably be around 4 years from now) is that things will change in that time frame. Who knows what your situation will be then, who knows what your breed preferences will be then, etc. So while it's fun to dream in advance, making concrete decisions that early almost never works out the way we thought.
 

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Collies are great, muttly mutts are great, and didn't you say that ACDs are your heart breed? So really any of those would work for you, I think. But the problem with looking into these things so far in advance (Izze's what, 8 or 9? It'll probably be around 4 years from now) is that things will change in that time frame. Who knows what your situation will be then, who knows what your breed preferences will be then, etc. So while it's fun to dream in advance, making concrete decisions that early almost never works out the way we thought.
I know that it's very far in advance (Izze is 9, coming 10) yes ACDs are my heart breed but they take a more care & maintenance then let's say, a collie .... Plus I have always wanted to own one :).
 

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Collies are soft. . .look at 'em funny and it hurts their feelings. Definitely different from an ACD!

I've seen enough purebred (or close enough that I couldn't tell the difference) Collies in shelters or being given away that I think you could have a rescued Collie if you looked around. It's not a black-and-white either-or choice. I'm going to try to get a Collie (or at least a high-percentage mix) for my next dog. . .probably also around 4 years from now! Or at least that's my plan at this time, things could change.
 

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Devil's Advocate: I like most dogs, but don't want an obsessed herder or high energy dog... However, I'm always amazed at people who have nice, calm, sweet BCs that act like fuzzy Labs or Black Golden retrievers, b/c I don't have owner experience. :) So, my opinion is that a collie (Lassie) would require as much effort as an ACD, except for in different things.... shedding, washing, brushing, training.
 

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Collies are soft. . .look at 'em funny and it hurts their feelings. Definitely different from an ACD!

I've seen enough purebred (or close enough that I couldn't tell the difference) Collies in shelters or being given away that I think you could have a rescued Collie if you looked around. It's not a black-and-white either-or choice. I'm going to try to get a Collie (or at least a high-percentage mix) for my next dog. . .probably also around 4 years from now! Or at least that's my plan at this time, things could change.
I was but a heeler came to me, (Jo) first: the date that she arrived at the shelter from AC is the same as my B day & her reg # is the same as the yr I was born so I took that as a sign that she was meant for me.
 
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