You want a Border Collie but you cannot decide whether to get a puppy or adopt an adult dog. It is a difficult decision and one that is personal.
There are advantages and disadvantages for both choices.
Puppies are a lot of work, but they are a lot of fun as well. Just in case you did not know, Border Collie puppies do not come fully trained. You need to train them and you become solely responsible for the way they interact with the world.
Puppies need to learn everything from house rules to basic obedience, and you need to have the commitment to provide that for your puppy.
If you are not sure if you have time to train a puppy, you may want to consider adopting an older dog that already has some training.
An adult dog that has no training can learn quicker than a puppy, but it can also be more stubborn and dominant....
When you buy a puppy you have the responsibility of shaping its life. When you adopt an older dog you risk it coming with baggage from its past life. You cannot know how your adult dog will react to different situations, people and other dogs.
If you get your adult Border Collie from a rescue organisation they put them through temperament tests and other tests to ensure they are suitable as family companions.
There are many reasons why Border Collies end up in rescue, but the main reason is a lack of understanding of the breed. Many are abused and mistreated, and have deep seated fears that are triggered months after you adopt your new Border Collie.
While an adopted dog may have basic training, you need a lot of patience and unconditional love to help your Border Collie overcome any baggage left over from its previous home.
When checking out an adult Border Collie as a potential family member, find out as much as you can about its past. This may be hard, and you may adopt a dog with a behavior problem. Behaviour problems are solvable if you have patience, commitment and unconditional live.
Tips to help you select an adult dog include:
In the end, it comes to down to personal choice whether you choose and adult Border Collie or a puppy.