|Barked: Wed Nov 16, '11 7:28pm PST |
|long story short, I hope you have ranchland in Montana for a mix like this. This sort of mix would be perfect in a ranching environment with sheep or cows, and acres of land in which the dog must protect the herd/flock from wolves, coyotes, bears, lynx and cougars. Both dogs are suited to the highlands. BC is from Scotland, and GP is from the mountainous border of Spain and France. BC is a grand mix of whatever the brits and scots had on hand that was intelligent and capable of handling LARGE flocks of sheep. Other collies and herding dogs could handle smaller flocks, but the BC is meant to work singly or in pairs to herd huge flocks across vast amounts of land. Though the BC is really a glorified mutt, it is nonetheless a refined collie type dog.
GP on the other hand, is meant to handle much bigger and more prevalent predators, and more reasonable flocks of much sturdier, more ancient breeds of sheep, cattle, and goats than is common in the isles. GP is related to the Akbash, ovtcharka and similar ancient herding breeds. With the GP, expect power, size, and grace as well as an ability to size up a situation and act on it, not necessarilly on command. It's something ancient shepherds have in common with ancient spitz types like Tibetan Mastiff and Chow Chow.
In any case, both handle elevation, they handle temperature extremes pretty well. From a mix of these, high inteligence, high drive that can be trained to work, a keen understanding of every movement you make, a perceptive watchdog and territory guardian, and of course, lots of shedding. You may or may not get drool. GP dogs drool. a. lot. think strings of drool on the ceiling and tops of doorframes. That's a possibility. You might get lucky and get more of a BC head.
Be prepared for dewclaws on the hind legs, which is a pyr thing. they can generally be removed, as they usually are not connected structurally by more than skin.
What I mean by a keen knowledge of your every movement is this: you must be consistent in your movements in this dog. It will understand all of your nonverbal communication that you may not even realize you are telegraphing. It will know when you are serious about your commands, and it will know when a situation is tense or casual. Both breeds are very perceptive communicators. Understand your body language, and learn to understand this dog's. It will save you quite a bit of trouble in the obstanance department.
I think a cool look in a mix like this is the badger colored GP with a standard BC look.
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