Hey RD, No problem. I think my post seemed more snippy than I intended, too, so I apologize for that. I understand the desire to maintain the working/herding aspect of the border collie, it's very important. I never wanted to claim otherwise! I'm just looking at all ends of the spectrum, for what I'd like to do with my dog. Right now I'm backing off a little from the internet forum side of things, simply because I've been getting bombarded by opinionated folks (mostly from other forums, actually - you guys have been pretty spiff!). And I think that this is a decision that I should mostly be making for my own wants and needs for a pup. This is not to say I'm ignoring you guys - I appreciate all the input everyone has given me, and I'd gladly accept more if you guys have anything to offer! I just hope you understand what I'm doing here, and that I'm trying to make a decision that doesn't wind up with anyone in tears, because that's the opposite point of getting a canine companion! (except in those lovely puppy stages when they'll make you want to tear your hair out, one time or another). Cheers, guys!