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I belong to a FB group in which people post photos of their dogs - and there are so many different breeds. And I will see a dog and say to myself "Ooh, that is a neat dog". I don't see myself purposely getting anything other than a BC in the future (although one never knows when something may 'happen' ), but if I did get another dog breed or mix, my choices would start with (in no particular order):

Papillon, Dutch Shepherd/Malinois, wiry-haired terrier mix, maybe a small Poodle (or mix thereof).

 

Anyone else want to chime in?

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Ive got working line Tervs, and they pretty much match or exceed my BCs in most areas. My farm bred BC has much more herding instinct, but less biddability on sheep than my Terv youngster.

Love the Belgian temperament, though BYB particularly of Malinois would make me do serious research of breeders.

If I needed to go to something smaller than a BC, Id look at Mudis or Croatian sheepdogs.

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I have a friend with a Mudi. We take agility classes together. She flew to Europe to pick up her puppy.

 

The Mudi is sort of a perfect size, and as cute as that dog is, I am not sure that I could live with the frantic energy and the barking of the breed. It is the only Mudi that I have personal knowledge of so I don't know how representative of the breed it is. The owner is a responsible owner/handler IMHO so I don't think the dog's behavior is due to clueless owner behavior.

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OH, and another acquaintance has a Croation sheepdog X BC mix that she obtained from a world-class agility handler in Europe. I think it came from an oops litter. I have not really seen the dog in person, but have seen plenty of videos. I believe it is beginning to come into its own on the agility circuit. It is definitely FAST.

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For me it would have to be a member of the sighthound family. I rent an eight acre fenced field by the hour sometimes to walk my dogs. The field belongs to a Borzoi breeder acquaintance. I love her dogs. Ive enjoyed the company of Whippets, a Saluki and my daughters Greyhounds as well.

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Hm, I think think I would not mind having a corgi. We had a BC/corgi cross whom we rescued that was an absolute character, and I love the corgis I've met. Even if they do shed like Malamutes. :P

I might also consider a tiny dog like a Papillon - I know a good groomer who also owns one - or maybe a mature Chihuahua if it had a non-nervous temperament.

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Pap. Border X Pap (I know, I know, but fantasy land), Poodle. Beagle. Sheltie. I am loving the BC/ACD thing, a lot and would go back there in a heartbeat. Maybe even over a BC.

 

My next dog actually WILL be another small dog - something under 15", anyway. Specifics tbd, but 'mutt' is highly likely.

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I love german shorthaired pointers, don't really know why but love them. I've liked all I've known, and they strike me as energetic, owner focused and happy to work. Not sure how smart they are though.

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I would love a corgi or a papillon, or a lagotto romagnolo (have met one doing agility and he is a sweetheart). For a bigger dog, I would look at a viszla. My OH would like a jack russell terrier. I do not think I could ever not have a BC though.

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I will always have a Border Collie. I have strongly considered Mals or Dutchies but they are a bit much dog for my current situation. I might go for the right Lab (I know, I know) if I wanted a dedicated detection dog. A Border Collie/Cattle Dog would be a distinct possibility.

 

Im also kind of intrigued by Coolies right now. But Id need to hang out with some a bit more.

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Oh, I forgot about the Coolies/Koolies. They seem like interesting dogs, but I understand the genetic footprint for Koolies is very small in this country (i.e. the 'good' ones are still in Aus/NZ.).

 

And forgot about Viszlas. They were on my list a while ago, but DH thought that they would be 'cold' because they were short-haired. Stupid reason. I think he just didn't want one and was grasping at straws.

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I've met a few (very few) Koolies. They seem to me to be more similar in temperament to cattle dogs than to border collies. The ones I met were too fractious for my taste.

 

Interesting that this question has come up. I've been casually looking for another dog for a while to continue Bodhi's therapy work when he needs to retire. As he's hit the probable minimum 12 year mark it's looking like that time, at least for semi-retirement, may be coming sooner rather than later.

 

I keep considering other breeds. Having a smaller dog might be nice, especially when I'm lifting him into a hospice patient's bed with my always-sore back. But everything I consider always comes up short compared to border collies. It's been at least 35 years I've been saying that after a border collie, anything else is just a dog. I'm kinda stuck in that place, and I don't want just a dog.

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Well we have a typical Icelandic farmdog that is a mix that probably contains a good amount of bc genes, he was a kinda rescue. A fun dog, very athletic (as in cat like) too.

If I didn't have sheep and weren't into stockwork that would be the kind of dog I'd choose. Then again my wife really likes labrador mixes ( we had a really great one) so something like that would not be unlikely.

Actually any mutt of average size, normal build, and friendly character would do...:)

I would certainly not pay for some "pure bred" look.

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GVC-border, your opening post amused me because I have exactly that: a wiry terrier mix (although his fur is soft despite looking wiry), and I have Boo who is no doubt some sort of poodlely mix.

 

I wouldn't have ever chosen those two small dogs in a shelter, but that would have been my mistake. They are wonderful dogs, and Digger has caused me to grow a strong appreciation of small terrier mixes, so I might have one again.

 

I will always be seriously dedicated to the border collie, and will always have one or preferably two of them. It is hard for me to imagine my deliberately choosing a different breed.

but....

If I were to go out and deliberately choose another breed to have in addition, it would probably be a Malinois. I have thought about a Jack Russel but would be more likely to go for a mix, like Digger. Papillion is another I might choose. But I think that if I were to choose a small dog in the future it would be more likely to be a mix found in a shelter or rescue.

You never know, though.

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We had an x-racing greyhound for about 10years. After that we decided that with working BC retirees we always have house pets so there is no need for other pets/breeds.

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I grew up with Labs. Would love to get another one. My wife could use a calmer, mellower one than the two dogs we have right now. Border Collie and some kind of hound/pinsher/terrier mix. I know a really good breeder near Harpers Ferry WVA who breeds outstanding Labs. Most become service dogs of some type. Occassionally she will breed a cross for field and sports. . .that would be cool too.

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I would also like another sled dog, like an alaskan husky. They tend to run smaller and leaner than the siberian huskies, more like the Ididerod dogs.

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I love Shelties and they are an easy fit for me, so I could see getting another one some day. And Lhasas are my Kryptonite, so that breed is always a possibility. But right now, I can't imagine being without at least one Border Collie.

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I got my BC Buddy sort of by accident... NOT looking for a BC. Loved him, love the breed.

 

This latest dog of mine was supposedly a BC mix. I picker her up from transport/rescue despite the fact that she so clearly is NOT a BC. So, by accident I have a terrier mix. She is incredibly athletic and beautiful when she runs in the woods. A real delight. I wouldn't trade her. ;)

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I will have to add a mini-Aussie (or mix thereof) to my list. I have never been a fan of the mini-whatevers, but right now I am fostering a little 6 month old pup found as a stray. Several people who know mini-Aussies say that he is one. He is adorable, yet spunky, and just the right size - ~15 lbs at 6 months old.

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I like Springer Spaniels but I also have a soft spot for Red/Irish Setters. That was my first dog. People say they are giddy but he wasn't.

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I like Springer Spaniels but I also have a soft spot for Red/Irish Setters. That was my first dog. People say they are giddy but he wasn't.

No offence, but the irish setters I have known were all "as thick as a brick".

I think that after having had this much experience with bordercollies I could not handle that level of stupidity. But who knows maybe I just met exceptional setters....

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I don't know about another breed, but a good friend of mine has a dog I would take in a minute. In fact, this friend has let her family know that if any thing dreadful happens to her, then I get the dog.

 

She looks to me to be maybe a cattle dog mix. Very sweet natured and spunky at the same time, out going, and goofy. She and Gibbs play like maniacs when we get them together.

 

Ruth & Gibbs

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Like you, Ruth, there is a dog I would take in a heartbeat, and it is a breed I wouldn't choose except for this one. She is a 2 year old German shepherd, and as sweet, friendly, smart, playful and well behaved as they come. Great conformation, not one of those AKC bred horrors. Strong, athletic, goofy/amusing without being overly so, and very eager to respond to what she is told to do. Not as smart as a BC, but is well trained and just a wonderful all around dog. I'd have a German shepherd if I could have one like her.

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This is a game a play in my mind often, I joke that my husband and I have a stand off - no terriers - no beagles, I love small terriers and have a huge soft spot for Cairns, my husband would love a beagle but not a chance one would ever live in our house.

I suspect I have one more border collie in me as an agility partner, but I do think about down sizing and my list is made up of dogs I don't want. My current favorite small agility dog would be a poodle, I do love that the small class has such a huge variety of little dogs, rather than the big dog class which is dominated bu border collies.

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