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Old 12-30-2012, 11:09 AM
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Golden or Sheltie?!?!

A few months ago I was 100% certain that a Golden was for me, now I'm reconsidering. I have researched a ton about both breeds, they seem quite different but still for me. If anyone has had a Sheltie please help. I won't be getting a dog for a long time but, best to start early I want to make the right choice. I have met a Sheltie and she was the sweetest thing! And have met Goldens too which just melt my heart! I understand that each dog is different though. I'd get both if I could but... can't. I want the best for the pup and I want to make sure I can provide a good life for them. We have a house and a yard, and another place with acres of land. There is not much of a problem for exercise, lots of parks around, hiking trails. Grooming both breeds takes time, I can do that, again not much of a problem. To me the only differences I see are that Shelties bark a lot more and are smaller. Both are very beautiful!! I would like to hear what ya'll think. Thanks
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:18 AM
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My aunt has 4 shelties. They are a whole 'nother ball game in my opinion. They are tightly wound and pretty high energy. She competes in agility with them and takes each to weekly training classes. They herd you, other dogs, and animals. They bark a lot in general and not due to lack of training. They are small and fluffy and cute and are great lap dogs. I find Goldens to be fluffy and cute and big lap dogs without the incessant neuroticism and lack of on/off switch! I'd recommend really spending time with each breed. Maybe sign up to foster a sheltie as well as a golden with local rescue and see what you think. As anything, sometimes it just depends on the dog himself.


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Old 12-30-2012, 11:27 AM
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I have had 15 shelties, I did confirmation AKC showing with them for about 17 years. In a lot of ways they are similar to Goldens but yes they can bark a lot not all of them. They are busy and should have a job. They do tend to herd you or whatever may be available, they are quick and really smart and can have a really odd sense of humor. They require a lot of brushing but I don't feel I spend anymore time on the Goldens then I did with them.
They tend to be more standoffish with people they don't know, they put family first for the most part. Really really socializing them and getting one that is more outgoing is important. It is breed standard that they be more aloof with people they don't know but not shy. They will stand back and observe. However some lines are less aloof then others some can be really really shy, so do your homework with the breeder.
They can have health problems too, hip dysplacia, Von Willards, Eye problems. They are a very sturdy dog and should be able to go all day so an active lifestyle is best although I have had my share of couch potatoes.
I had actually planned to get a new show pup when my horse passed away but ended up with Tink both my kids had goldens. I really miss my shelties but am very happy with my Goldens in some ways they are easier.
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It all depends on what you are looking for. In my experience Shelties NEED a job and need something to do and can, in general, be more to handle. They are great dogs, don't get me wrong, but I agree with what Melissa said about golden's having more of an "on/off" switch than them.
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What are your number one pros/cons for each breed?
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My best friend has had four Shelties - I don't recall any of them being big barkers. Zach was one of my love dogs, when he went to the bridge I think I cried harder than she did. She's a runner, and so is her husband, so the dogs go running with them every day, get plenty of exercise - which may be why they're not hyper and barking a lot?
Really sweet tempered, but I love me some Goldens more!
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almost none of mine were barkers, they would bark when someone came in the door that sort of thing. But I had a few friends shelties stay with me that were, Nor were any of mine high strung but I picked my lines carefully, there are definate bloodlines that produce a more hyper active dog and they can really excell in things like agility. Agility people often pick the really high energy sheltie and do so for a reason, Kind of like the what people call field lines verse show lines for goldens here. Also shelties in a pack are more prone to being barkers and group herders lol. Shelties can be very sweet, gentle and big loves. They also make therapy dogs and assistance dogs but like any breed choose vary wisely what breeder you go to.
Go to a show talk to some breeders of both breeds see how you feel interacting with them ask them what they do with their dogs. Try and spend some time with each to see which way you might like to go.
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I grew up with Shelties and my first dog as an adult was a sheltie, they are wonderful dogs. They generally do have extremely different personalities than Goldens though. I love the suggestion mentioned above to foster a sheltie to see what it's like to live with one. And my experience has been that they are definitely more vocal outdoors which can drive you nuts if you aren't accustomed to that. Because of the herding background, they are more inclined toward barking to warn against approaching intruders etc.

Another important aspect to consider is Goldens shed much more on a daily basis, you need to sweep the kitchen floor daily, whereas shelties aren't as bad, you can pick up the tumbleweeds easily and maybe sweep every other day. A sheltie with a lot of coat or undercoat will require more maintenance brushing than a golden. They pick up leaves and twigs etc. I have a collie now and had forgotten how much you have to stay on top of the brushing to avoid matting behind ears etc.

It's a lot of fun to compare breeds, glad you're giving it lots of thought
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Thanks for all your quick replies! I do like the idea of being around both breeds to see what I like, but I'm not exactly in the most pet friendly country (China) Glad to be moving soon though! (Hopefully)

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What are your number one pros/cons for each breed?
Well I love the way the both look but thats not everything of course! (this won't be a #1 thing! :P more like a list)

Sheltie
Pro- Size, Coat, Playfulness, Loyalty
Con- Barking

Golden
Pro- Size, Coat, Loyalty, Just the right energy level...Hmmmmm....both my pros are very similar...yet different (if that made sense)
Cons- Shedding

Well now after thinking about it, I'm leaning towards the Golden But it's not just my choice to make. Love both breeds. I still have a long time to think about this...but I do have a lot planned out already...even down to which toothbrush
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