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I am looking to get an irish wolfhound border collie mix, I have 80 acres of free run space.  what are the pros and cons of this mix breed?  I am looking for a friendly, easy going breed, one thats great with kids and animals.  One to be big enough to look intimidating to coyotes and burglars but not necessarily vicious.  One that won't chase my chickens!  Your help will be appreciated.  Thanks in advance

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A Wolfhound is a hunting hound, and is likely to be a chicken chaser, and many hounds (and terriers) still have their hunting software intact, meaning that they may also kill prey.  A Border Collie is a herding dog and very likely to go after chickens to herd them.  If you want a dog that is large enough to be intimidating looking, great with kids and other animals (as with all puppies, you need to socialize and train good manners, of course), then my choice might be a Newfoundland.  I don't like to see people pay good money for mixes from possibly disreputable breeders when they could get a purebred from someone who guarantees their puppies for life, and who tests the parent dogs for genetic disorders.  Just my opinion, though.  Of course, if you want the dog to guard against coyotes, some people would suggest a Great Pyrenees.  

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Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT

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I am happy to answer questions about: dog behavior and training, therapy dogs, training disabled dogs, training recently rescued dogs, and managing off leash play groups.

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Professionally involved in teaching private and group lessons, and doing behavior consultations. American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Therapy Dogs, Inc. Tester/Observer. Special interest in pet/elder issues, and in therapy dogs.

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Truly Dog Friendly Association of Pet Dog Trainers International Positive Dog Training Association Therapy Dogs, Inc.

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Gloucester Times Cape Ann Beacon Ipswich Chronicle Beverly Citizen Salem News Examiner.com

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Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Cum Laude. Diploma in Dog Obedience Instruction, Graduate of NY School of Dog Grooming, Certified Advanced Pet Care Technician - American Boarding Kennels Assn., Certified Pet First Aid & CPR, American Red Cross

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2002 Caregiver Award from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, for Pawsitive Connections Program (pet/elder issues)

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