Since i was about 9, Australian Shepherds have been my FAVORITE breed of dog. I met a stunning merle puppy, read up on the breed, and determined they are THE BREED FOR ME. I've felt that way for the past 7 or so years. I even did an 11 page report on the breed in fifth grade. I also love border collies. I'm sure at one time or another, i'll own one of each. But i'm really torn between the two breeds. Sometimes i think borders might be a little bit too "intense" for me (says the girl with a jack russell). They're super-drivey, and maybe a little more nuts than i'm asking for. But they're definately special dogs. What are the major differences between these breeds?