|Barked: Sun Oct 6, '13 11:58pm PST |
|I'll second Obie's mom on the issues with Smooth-coated Collies, but instead of merle, I have tricolor. Oh the comments "Is that a Collie, is that a collie mix, is that a GSD, is the a doberman mix". Generally the Collie nose does give it away, but I just tell them the breed and be done with it. Often people admire the short hair, which they don't associate with the breed, but then I tell them don't be fooled, it shed just as much (if not more).
As for petting, I tell them no, simply and with a bit of firmness, otherwise they will still try or persist. Sometimes they will ask "does he/she bite?", which upon the "no" they take as a free pass to pet without almost further asking. Patches are hit and miss whether people see/read them or ignore them. As for general harassment/ pestering, I usually ignore or gently tell these people off as in "uh, I'm busy" or "he is working and we cannot be bothered". Had a elderly guy in Winn-Dixie ask me to stop walking so he could 'see' Brady. It's like 'sorry dude, I'm on a mission and am not a parade'. You have to try to just shake them off as best as you can by your own means and personality.
I like Polly's cards for education on the fly.
Like it has been said, any breed or mix can do an SD job with the right training and ability, some will just receive more attention, good or bad, than others. Often the rarer the breed/mix, the more curious. The more known for being protective or aggressive in the public eye, the more caution. Even for a Collie, that 'could be a GSD' look has had some people just a tad worried from what I have observed on how they react, or could just be a general fear of dogs. :/ Happily I mostly get the curious and happy types.
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