Flag

Q: Border Collie vs. Australian Shepherd

May 31, 2010 | By Naturegirl112106 | 3 answers | Expired: 1504 days ago

Naturegirl112106

I will be moving out of my mom's house in about a year and I will be taking my dog Buffy with me. I don't think I could leave her alone while I am at work after I move out so I want to get another dog so that she has someone to play with expecially when I am not there. She is a border collie/lab mix so I was thinking about getting a border collie. Well then I realized how simular border collies and australian shepherds were so I was wondering which would be better to get. What is the difference in temperment, energy, and how well do they get along with other animals and kids. I do not have any kids but my younger brothers and sister would be coming to my house while my mom was at work or on the weekends and I need a dog that will be good with kids about 4-10 years of age. I will be moving into a house with a hopefully larged fenced yard. If is not fenced in when I move in I will fence it in my self with my landlords permission of course. I will not move into a house that does not or will not be completley fenced. I will work but it will not be all the time. I will spend a great amount of time at home and when I am not at then they will be going with me to the park or to visit friends. I do not think people should have dogs if they do not spend time with them.

Readers' Answers (3)
Jillian
Flag

Jun 01, 2010

they're both HIGH energy and extremely devoted to their people. if you're set on these breeds, perhaps a show line australian shepherd. these are noted for their longer and silkier locks, but have lower energy {still on the higher end though} and less of a herding drive. i wouldn't put a field line aussie w/little kids for their tendency to nip at heels, though my field aussie has never done that {but she does like to herd people, animals, vacuums...}. neither of these breeds are ideal for long days at home w/o their people. laurens right, they do get bored easily. they're not generally destructive when bored like some breeds, but it takes a toll on their mental state. borders and aussies are both sensitive dogs who need ample mental stimulation, the border being more intelligent than the aussie. they can be shy and sometimes unwelcoming of other dominant dogs. i also have to second laurens suggestion of adopting a greyhound. these dogs are excellent companions to an existing dog. their mellow and docile personality tend to make other dogs feel comfortable, and during the adoption the rescue group will find the best greyhound to fit your needs. the only thing i must stress w/a greyhound is to brush their teeth at least 3 times a week if not daily. this is an important but often overlooked measure for any breed, but the greyhound has notoriously bad teeth often leading to renal failure. every breed has their health risks though.

Thumbs Up: 1 | Thumbs up!

Lauren D.
Flag

May 31, 2010

Are you moving into an apartment, or a house with a yard? You will have to make sure she gets lots of exercise, either way, and I wouldn't suggest getting an australian shepard or a border collie if you are going to be at work most of the day 5 days a week. Both breeds are energetic and easily bored and won't take well to being left alone all day. If you like the hearding breed personality type I would suggest a Corgi, they are small but sturdy, able to keep up with much bigger dogs but not overly hyper like many other hearding breeds. Otherwise I would research lower-energy breeds, your dog is a pretty high-energy mix and you want a companion to help settle her down, not rile her up. Larger breeds tend to be lower energy if you have room for one, greyhounds, for instance, like a short sprint but tend to be generally lazy and mild-tempered otherwise. A rescued former racing greyhound may be the perfect compliment to your puppy. Most dogs can learn to be good with kids if you teach them early, but my Corgi is particularly good with small kids. I'm not sure if that's him or the breed, though.

Thumbs Up: 0 | Thumbs up!

daryl b.
Flag

Jun 01, 2010

i am partial to the border collie. but if that is what you get remember they are among the most inteligent of alll dogs. and you must keep them busy. if you don't you might not like what the find to keep busy with. they are both wonderful breeds

Thumbs Up: 0 | Thumbs up!

You might also enjoy:

Got a question about your pet? Get the answers you need from Zootoo's community of pet experts and owners.

Advertisement

Advertisement