Wow. What a long chain of posts. I just read 'em, and I've just got two things to add regarding obtaining a bc:
--75% of the border collies on Petfinder don't appear to have much border collie at all. It sometimes seems like any black and white dog is called a border collie mix. People are familiar with the breed and they have a reputation for intelligence, so shelters label any black and white dog as a border collie mix to help its chances of adoption.
--Secondly, in terms of welcoming new owners into the fold, I think most bc owners just want people to go into this commitment with their eyes open. I would never recommend a border collie to a first time dog owner. Border collies are like "advanced dog" and you'd better have a good understanding of how a dog's mind works, because a border collie is a dog's mind times ten.
Why Pick on ME? Just want a pup!?!?
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