My herding dog was hit by a car about a month ago. Guess she died instantly. Now I need another puppy. A lot of people seem to be hot on the BC X aussie shepherd and that cross sounds awesome to me. I think that is what i would really like this time around if not a straight aussie shepherd... My last dog was aussie crossed blue heeler/cattle dog. I really like that the aussies are a bit fiercer than the BC's- easier for them to work cattle, don't become frightened as easily and quit working altogether. Plus, the obscenely expensive health problems of all the Bc's I know makes me leery of going that route. And I am not fond of black and white either. I also imagine that any other color BC is so inbred at this point in order to get the rarer color that they scare me. Although, I am open becuase I want a really smart dog. My last dog was so intelligent, I couldn't believe it and if my next dog is not as smart, if it doesn't learn a trick a day in puppyhood, I will be sorely disappointed. My dog could shake with both paws, circle me in two directions and every other dog trick before she was even house trained. But I would like to know what all of you are doing dog wise and why you like your type and maybe if anybody has any for sale? near me, in SD. Or can make me an aussie X BC with working parents. The longer I live, the more I appreciate mutts. Seems to me that even for LGD's people are making and keeping nice crosses, preferring them to purebreds becuase you have a chance to balance out traits. What do you guys think or see is going on?