I'm new here so not sure this is the right boars for this... We're considering getting a dog in the near future and wanted a smaller dog that (on my husbands request) is a "proper" dog rather than a "fluffy handbag dog"! It needs to be child friendly as we have a 2 and 5 year old who are both used to dogs due to grandparents having two labs. After a lot of research we think a border would be ideal but I have read some contradictory advice so I wanted some 'real people' opinions! First up, how does this breed manage when left alone? Does it suffer separation anxiety? Because of work commitments we would have to leave a dog for up to 5 hours every week day. Is a border the kind of dog that would be fine with that or would they create all kinds of havoc? Also, obviously they need walking etc but I've read mixed info on what exercise they need. Most advice suggests up to an hour a day but is this an hour across a couple of walks (e.g. 30mins morning and 30mins evening) or an hour at a time? We would struggle to do an hour long walk first thing every morning but could easily do a couple of walks across the day, plus we'd get out for longer walks at the weekend. Husband also goes running so would possibly take the dog on the occasional run, would this be good for the dog or not as I've again read mixed views on borders and jogging? Thanks in advance for any help, we are keen to make sure we know exactly what we are signing up for and don't want to make the mistake of getting the wrong breed for our family!