Border collie american kennel club
The Dog Wars: How The Border Collie Battled The American Kennel Club by Donald McCaigMy good friend Dee uses border collies as intelligent helpers on her sheep farm. A few years ago, she told me about this book and Ive been meaning to read it ever since. In the authors words, the book is about the American Kennel Clubs scheme to reduce a brilliant working dog to a handsome nitwit. This is not an unbiased account -- the author is very much at odds with the AKC and he makes it clear exactly why.
Border collies are genetically smart workaholics and have traditionally included a wide range of physical appearance. In contrast, the AKC demands a rigorous adherence to physical conformation (appearance) standards. Unfortunately, choosing to breed for AKC conformation (which would bring the possibility of AKC awards in a show dog) undermines the breeds genetics for astute working behavior. (One of the items in the appendix is a short but helpful article by a geneticist.)
Although the book is not perfectly written (theres a bit of jumping around in topics at times, and the authors points arent always as direct as they might be), I appreciated both his knowledge of and his perspective on the issue. The account is a good example of a (sadly unsuccessful) battle between David and Goliath: the little guy border collie owners and the implacable corporation of the AKC.
The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock , especially sheep. Considered highly intelligent, extremely energetic, acrobatic and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in sheepdog trials and dog sports. They are often cited as the most intelligent of all domestic dogs. In general, Border Collies are medium-sized dogs with a moderate amount of coat , which is more often thick and prone to shedding. They have a double coat that varies from smooth to rough and is occasionally curled. While black and white is the most commonly seen colour pattern of the Border Collie, the breed appears in just about any colour and pattern known to occur in dogs. Some Border Collies may also have single-colour coats.
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The Border Collie is one of the most talented and hardworking dogs there is. He'll impress you with his intelligence and win you over with his eagerness to please. Here are 10 fun facts about Border Collies:. We cannot talk about the Border Collie without talking about his intelligence. Dog experts widely agree that the Border Collie is an intelligent workaholic. They are capable of learning a remarkable number of words and commands, and they are happiest when they are put to work every day.
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring. Well proportioned, smooth outline showing quality, gracefulness and perfect balance, combined with sufficient substance to give impression of endurance. Any tendency to coarseness or weediness undesirable.
The breed spread throughout the United Kingdom and then throughout the world. Unlike most dog breeds, it continues to be bred, used and valued for its original purpose--herding livestock. Gradually, because a herding dog is necessarily highly intelligent, athletic and responsive, it came to be used and valued for all the other things dogs can do--e. All but one, that is--prior to there was no tradition in this country of showing Border Collies in dog shows, or breeding them to look a certain way. They were bred and valued for their abilities, not their appearance.