My Zag is getting old, going on 14! I am getting old too, 62! I have had Zag since he was a little over a year old. He was my first bc. He has been and continues to be quite the teacher. I can't imagine another breed I could communicate with the way I can with him.
I hope to have him ? more years, but I know the end will come too soon so I contemplate getting another bc when he is gone. I think I would like a smooth coat bc. They are sleek and handsome and of course, easier to maintain. But people keep telling me they are higher energy, especially the ones with prick ears. I live in Michigan where agility is big, but not so much herding. There are some small scale sheep farmers who use border collies. I suspect this influences this attitude towards the smooth coat.
Any way, I would like the opinions of the wide community of these boards: Is it true that smooth coats and ear set are reliable determiners of a higher energy and drive in border collies?