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lab colllie x?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by tatsumi, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. tatsumi

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    Anyone know much about them? Thinking of getting one for a family pet, or just going for a lab but not sure which one would suite us best. Buying an air rifle was much easyer!
     
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    We had a stunning, blonde, F1 lab/collie cross. She was the epitome of a perfect family dog, but also worked, I'll find a picture later and post it up. brilliant bitch in every respect, even after seventeen stitches in my arm from her puppy teeth!!! ( my fault, obviously - she didn't "do" anything - my arm was in her mouth, "messing about", and someone moved!! )

    She made 16 years, 5 months and two weeks, cost us next to nowt at the vet over her life. We've got two pure collies now, but we'd have another lab/collie, or two, in an instant.

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    Nice mix of the two then, we have two young boys and two cats so the gentle side is important but we also walk alot, and i like a dog that will take command. The wife runs as a hobby so maybe the collie side will fit well.

    Sim going on your username i take it your a "farmer"? Most we have seen for sale so far are from farms so i guess mr lab met missis collie, is it quite a common dog in that area of work?

    Would love to see some pics too :)
     
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    Assuming we are talking border collie - top family pet, biddable bright intelligent - better bet than either of the pure-breds.
     
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    It is Doug yeh
     
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    I would rather go for a lab alone, as a family pet, I think collies are much more unpredictable than most dogs. I'm not tarring them all wuth the same brush but most of the collies i have met have been, okay, with people, not brilliant. Where as labs are just over joyed when anyone even looks at them.
     
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    We have a chocolate Lab and she is lovely. As Jack abovesaid, she'd lick you to death when you walk through the front door ! ! ! !
     
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    As a breed are pure labs good for long distance, 12 mile walks say, stuff like that.
    As you can probably tell im not up on the dog types ;)
    I think if we go for a lab then it will be the working type, then we figure the collie might be good for stamina, or as the missis has just seen a retriever x lab which i bet is the softest dog you can get.
    Bit stumped in what to do for the best i guess
     
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    Lab x collie = extra, extra brains, than need to be worked, get a dog like that and it could be trained to a high degree. You stay at home, send the dog out to work. LOL
     
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    Yep, Me is a Farmer Ha ha! I'll have to scan some pics, as we didn't have a digital camera back then (!), - we actually had her with her niece, born within a day of each other, she was more border, like the two we have now are, and I would agree that the pure bred collies can be a bit tetchy, especially in later life - probably OK if you've got young kids now, but not if you want more young kids in ten years.... The other thing I've noticed with one of our current collies, is that she doesn't like the bang from a shotgun now she's getting on a bit (11), t'other one has absolutely NO interest, I'm guessing you could fire the thing next to her, and she wouldn't flinch ( (OBVIOUSLY) I'm not going to, but you get the idea....)

    IMHO, labs, whilst lovely, and potentially very good working dogs, are a bit characterless - only my opinion, but.....

    Lab X Retriever is a different thing entirely, and our daughter has a black one, just 12months old, and completely bonkers in the nicest possible way, but fine with kids ( 9yr old granddaughter, and 7month old grandson ) As yet, neither collie has paid any attention to the lad, and fine with the girl.

    ATB

    Sim

    Our F1 was a genuis, and you could, quite regularly, "tell" her what to do, and she'd do it! Never did get the hang of tractor driving tho!!!
     
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    Can be a good cross, hopefully a bit calmer than the collie and longer lived and less likely to get fat than a lab.
    I prefer crosses especially first crosses, you get the hybid vigour and with that less chance of vet bills.
     
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    Labs characterless?! Only if they're kenneled. My mrs dad trains gun dogs, mainly springers and labs, they're lovely but yeh they do a job, and they're kenneled. How ever I have a Jack, Collie, and a Lab, and they're all very different. None of them are more or less characterful. Just different! The collie (Megan) is the Lady, the lab molly is the slag, arse and fanny up tickle my belly, and Dillan the Jack is my little man. :)
     
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    My sister has a lab collie cross and it is potentially the daftest softest dog I have ever met
     
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    They can be a great cross as others have said but it's always worth rememering that you could end up with any combination of characteristics from the two breeds and it's not generally clear how they'll develop as pups. You could get a smart bt calm dog or you could get a food obsessed herder.

    Whatever you go for make sure you do all the usual checks- see the pups with the mother, expect to be asked lots of questions by the breeder etc. Alternatively this is not an unusual cross to come into rescues as pups so it might be worth keeping an eye on ones near you.
     
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    Im living with one at the moment and its just a playful loving dog it makes me want to get one of my own! This one (Ruby) actually hugs you with her front paws when you say hugs and puts her head down haha
     
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    Guys thank you all for your thoughts and advice, Marco shared some of his experiances and i think for our own set up the collie side would be a mistake although if it was just me and a dog thats what i would get. So many factors and variables you cannot predict i guess so best play it safe and get the right mix. I do think a dog is what you make it to a greater point, much like kids.

    We've just arranged a viewing in pickering this aft to see some retriever x labs, dads pure lab and mothers pure retriever from a family set up, good prices too and the owners just say come round anytime so see them and the parents which is a good sign. Ready for the start of easter hols too so two weeks off to bond and re arrange the house, we've already done it but again when we first had kids it all went out of the window what we thought we knew. Very much looking forward to the addition, table and carpet already destroyed from our first so no harm can be done there ;).
     
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    Off looking at lead patterns now to make a custom one...... :D
     
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    With apologies for the delay, here are a couple of pics of our F1 lab collie X. regretably no longer with us, but she was a hell of a hound.

    You are probably better with a retriever cross than a collie cross, especially if you want to do relatively long walks. As was also said above, if you can see both parents, then that is always reassuring - rather than some "breeders" who won't let you, and "maybe" have someting to hide!!

    ATB

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    Beautiful Sim thanks for sharing :)
     
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    And remember Tats, if the collar fits, make one for all the AGF members, as they like a bit of LEAD. LOL
     

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