Acquired: Bred dog myself
Training: Attended conferences / shows
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.