|Barked: Tue Jan 15, '13 7:40am PST |
|Ideally form would follow function, and be judged accordingly.
Back when I purchased Cobain, his breeder was doing both confo and herding - she took quite the pride in how her dogs could excel in both.
Her website still boasts the same, however I know due to recent changes in her life (loss of her husband) that she's cut back significantly so I'm not sure where she stands at this point with everything.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of breeders out there focus on one aspect alone. All of these "activities" - herding, conformation, sports, are time consuming and demanding. So I understand sort of why the divide has become some prominent.
As you know, one of the trademarks of the breed is their intense energy and drive. One of the most disturbing things I've ever read was from a breeder I came across in my search for Cobain:
We breed the family pet type of border collie, which means our dogs are lower drive, very friendly, love children, and have an off-switch....
Although our pups do fine in recreational sports or herding, they are not appropriate for serious competitive sports or stock dog or sheep dog work as they simply do not have enough drive.
They are not conformation breeders however, but I feel that solely conformation breeders would boast a similar line.
The BC Boards link that Cohen provided is an excellent resource for learning more from a variety of sources about the breed.
Edited by author Tue Jan 15, '13 7:42am PST
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