Hi and welcome Denice,
I don't have dogs because I travel and just don't have the time they deserve. But man, I absolutely Love watching good well trained dogs in a variety of disciplines. The talk of using alternative breeds for herding reminded me of a guy who used a Border Collie to hunt birds. It really got the job done and was certainly multi talented.
A talented dog, horse or even person is a joy to watch!
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