Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted October 11, 2014
Two of the many dogs I have had in my life were German Shepherd/Border Collie Crosses. The second one came into my life as I was nearing adulthood, so I was able to experience him as a puppy, through all of his training, and am watching him grow into a more mature, wise looking dog now.
When we first got Colin, it didn't take us long to figure out how smart he is! He quickly learned the basics - sit, speak, down - but was very hyperactive.
We took him to a local training program, and he passed with flying colours! Over the next few years, Colin grew into a 100lb lap dog! His tricks didn't stop there though. My father injured himself a few years ago, and this smart dog of ours learned to carry things up the stairs when my dad could not. He even learned to get the telephone and bring it to him in case of emergency!
Colin had some adverse reactions to his shots during the first year, and was on anti-seizure medication for a long time. He has been off the medication for years now, and has not had any other major medical issues. We are so thankful he is healthy!!
He can sometimes look intimidating to strangers, but he is the sweetest, most gentle giant you could ever meet. He has proven himself to be very appropriate around young children, and was even best friends with a cat for many years!
I would wholeheartedly recommend this breed to anyone looking to get a family pet. They are extremely smart, very quick learners, and great with kids.
A word of warning though - dogs this smart need something to keep them busy when they are puppies! We found that stuffing a 'Kong' with some treats usually worked well!