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Murphy

English Springer Spaniel / Border Collie Mix

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Bred dog myself

Gender: Male

Training: Attended conferences / shows

Quick to learn and train

4/5

Emotionally stable

2/5

Family oriented

4/5

Child safety

3/5

Safe with small pets

4/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

2/5

Health

5/5

Easy to groom

2/5

Great watch dog

3/5

Great guard dog

0/5

Murphy The Springer/Collie

By

United Kingdom

Posted September 18, 2014

I've had this dog since he was born - my older dog is his mother. As a puppy, he was lovely but very destructive - perhaps due to the Border Collie side of him. As he has aged, he is a lot less destructive, although he does like to empty the bin when he's bored. He doesn't like to be left alone, and loves to be the centre of attention at all times.
He is very excitable, and goes crazy when anyone knocks at the door. He loves people and likes to be fussed over. Although he is good with children and has never been aggressive, I don't tend to leave him alone with young kids as he usually ends up knocking them over in his excitement.
Murphy requires a lot of stimulation and exercise. Even at nearly 12 years old, he still has bags of energy. He is very loving and affectionate, and hates to be left alone.
He has always been is excellent health, and I have very rarely had to take him to the vets. He does require a fair amount of grooming, as he has long, coarse curly hair with gets matted if neglected.
This type of dog is excellent for an active family with older children.

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