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      Quote Originally Posted by TuMicks View Post
      Linus looked great. I can understand aussies if your sport is flyball or agility. But for obedience, I don't get it. I mean, Labradors are so well rounded. (That is, most Labs. Then there's Ram Jet Rocket Dog.) But I mean, you have to live with the dog so get a Lab.

      I'm not biased or anything.
      I kind-of agree...however, like Labs there are different "types" of Aussies. There is a local breeder who breeds really moderate dogs who can do it all and are really quite good at obedience -- as well as agility and herding, tracking and several other sports. Then, there are some who are quite environmental and snarky, which I keep my distance from.

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      Not many labs competing in my area. in any sport. A few field bred labs here and there in dock diving and agility but considering they are the most popular breed overall (generally speaking) they are SERIOUSLY under represented in my town. Obedience is poodles and goldens. Sports are aussie's and tollers and border collies. flyball is well flyball mixes and bc's. Lots of aussie's in general.

      A part of me wants a border collie. but i also don't want to be "that person" that gets a bc when they start dabbling in dog sports There is something to having an "uncommon breed" as well to compete with (especially as I have zero interest in actually spending tons of money and time to compete at any serious level). But...i do still want a bc. I think the size and flexibility and trouble shooting intelligence that interests me. I want a lab but I want a toned, well "put together" small lab (that is not totally field bred).

      For some reason i can't stand aussie's. My first exposure was to some pretty nasty dogs. it's really too bad as I have a friend that breeds them!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
      I think the size and flexibility and trouble shooting intelligence that interests me. I want a lab but I want a toned, well "put together" small lab (that is not totally field bred).
      They aren’t always easy to find, but they do exist. I met a really neat young dog at a match the other day. Mother is a field Lab, father a bench champion - she reminded me a lot of my girls in terms of moderate size, drive to work, etc. The breeder isn’t well known (she actually breeds horses - this was her first dog litter) so I’m not sure how the owner found out about the dog, but I did ask and the breeder had done all the clearances, etc. Guess you just have to keep your eyes and ears open for what you are looking for. I train with a lot of Border Collies and they have their own issues, believe me! Give me one of my Labs any day!
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      Sounds like a great time - I'd love a weekend like this!

      And you got to meet some of the best Minnesota people I've taken many classes and seminars with Nancy and lessons with Loretta. Top notch.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      They aren’t always easy to find, but they do exist. I met a really neat young dog at a match the other day. Mother is a field Lab, father a bench champion - she reminded me a lot of my girls in terms of moderate size, drive to work, etc. The breeder isn’t well known (she actually breeds horses - this was her first dog litter) so I’m not sure how the owner found out about the dog, but I did ask and the breeder had done all the clearances, etc. Guess you just have to keep your eyes and ears open for what you are looking for. I train with a lot of Border Collies and they have their own issues, believe me! Give me one of my Labs any day!
      Haha oh yes I know herder's have issues too! My concern with herders is reactivity. and then being able to keep up with them ( I am a lazy trainer) - too smart isn't a good thing! I lived some of it with Penny. And at the end of the day I prefer a dog that's easy to live with at home/doing normal stuff VS sports.

      I know the labs I like are out there just less common/popular. I also don't want a puppy so I'd be looking at dogs 6 months - 2 ish year old so hopefully would have a better idea on their size/temperment/build.

      I see myself likely ending up with another rescue haha. but I will look at breeders for older placement.

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      The more I work with other breeds, the more I like Labs for their stable temperaments. Even compared to Goldens, I find Labs are much more stable, generally speaking. I'd personally never get a BC unless I had lots of property for running on a daily basis, but more important, the chance that the BC will be a barker, reactive and need high level management around other dogs is so high, I'd want that insurance that if the dog was too unstable to do much of anything in public, I could still give it a good life. IMHO, it's worth it to find a Lab that fits in your lifestyle.

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