Discussion in 'The Dog Breeds' started by puppydog, Apr 7, 2011.
Dear lord Minion (the mal puppy) was adorable.
Lol, yea I know they are all different breeds in their own way, but I know a TON about Aussies & BMD (i've researched BMD for years, and I was raised around Aussies my whole life, I believe Aussies to be my heart dog). ACDs I know a little about, and Mals I only know what I have read and that one goofy boy I met.
What are BMD like? It's funny to see them grouped with three pretty high strung herding dogs. lol
I see/interact with these guys at trials/shows all the time - definitely not high strung herding dogs, that's for sure. Most I've seen have been sweet dogs with minimal drive - but everyone seems to insist on working them in OB and Rally. They are, IME, the dog most likely to wander off while doing off leash work. :lol-sign: But don't get me wrong, they're nice, nice dogs.
And that said, there's a Berner that trials locally around here and does very well. Nice dog, nice handler.
There is something I like about all four breeds I listed.
BMD is my favorite breed and I love their goofy, happy go lucky, "OMG MOM!" face attitude. They have got to be one of the sweetest breeds I have ever met.
Aussies- Just love everything about them. I cannot name one thing I do not like about this breed. Seriously I WILL be getting another one someday.
ACD- to me, they are like shorter, short haired Aussies lol (Not to sure about getting this breed, but I've met a bunch of em and loved them, and I fostered one who was a DOLL!)
Mals- their drive/energy and their go-go attitude.
The aussies and ACD that I have met have been very different from one another. IME (mostly training classes/dog daycare/them coming into my current work) the ACD are much more introverted, quiet and more suspicious than Aussies when around strangers. They have the smooth and silent going on, they honestly remind me of dobermans when they come into the store. More "I'll tolerate you petting me, but I'm not going to come ask you to." than most other dogs. They rarely come barreling up to you for hugs and pets, whereas the Aussies I have met are more "life of the party" type dogs. ACD also tend to have the tough as nails "cattledogness" (yes, that's a word , cause I said so ) that I haven't seen in many Aussies. You also see more DA in ACD.
I've owned one ACD when I was younger, and did everything in my power to try and take one home from daycare with me, they are without a doubt one of my favorite breeds. But you can also tell how much they AREN'T the pet for everyone by doing a search on Petfinder for them. There are SO SO SO many of them in rescue, it breaks my heart.
I can definitely see where you are coming from with the differences in them.
Most Aussies I've met have been in the ACD attitude/personality category. But Aussies are just... **** near perfect.
And I agree, there are a TON of ACDs in rescues. Not really down here, but around the Atlanta area.
In south GA we get a lot of coonhounds, pitties, and labs in rescues/shelters. Coonhounds are beautiful dogs but I am definitely not a hound dog owner lol. Pitties = <3 We actually have a new addition in our neighbor. A little black male pittie. He is adorable. To bad that his owners are dog fighters though I am trying to work with the police and animal control about getting these people out of here and making them stop this terrible idea they like to call "fun". These people have went through 6 pitties/pittie mixes since May/June. It breaks my heart. Everytime I see a pittie at their house and it comes into my yard, I take it to the shelter and I never see it out here again. At least they are leaving that terrible man. I know a lady that has about 7 pitbulls and omg she is a WONDERFUL human being. So I might find her contact number and call her about this pittie puppy we have here. None of his dogs have tags/mirco chips, so I figure they come into my yard, they are fair game. That's better than them being fought.
Sorry for the rant, this wasn't the thread for it but it just happen to be where it started lol
You beat me to it!
Berners are generally not remotely high drive or high strung. I know someone who did agility with her's with some success with at least a couple (maybe got an OA on one? NA on another?). They all had a hard time with the jump heights though, even when preferred became an option and they could jump in 20" they often knocked bars. I think they'd have done better if they could have jumped 16". The breed does seem to have their following with OB people though. There is a pretty serious obedience person in this area who's gotten a UDX on at least one of her's and a UD (possibly UDX) on at least one other. Unfortunately, Berners don't tend to live very long
They're a lot of fun I know several Belgian people who have Paps too!