Wow, DH is finally going to let me have a dog!!!! I was making serious Mastiff noises and was going to research the breed and get one whether he liked it or not. There was an AKC show just 5 miles away (as the crow flies) and I talked him into going with me. He wanted to see the herding trials; I wanted to see the Mastiffs. We went, I saw the Mastiffs, he saw a TOY AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD being led around by a barrel racer who was attending an event on the same property. He was absolutely beautiful, and has traditional Aussie temperament (standoffish but not frightened with strangers) and old style conformation and head in a toy sized body. A red merle male, 7 mos old. And his owner owns both parents and is going to breed them again next spring.
DH said, if you want a dog, get one like that and I can teach it to put the chickens away. He didn't have to say it twice.
So I have been researching since then, and we are going to go see a litter and a grown bitch that needs to be spayed next SUnday. I will try to update
AJ in AZ