|Barked: Fri Mar 6, '09 6:01am PST |
|There's three coat types that you might see in a Border Collie.
Smooth, which doesn't mean the hair lays flat, but rather that it's slick like a lab. No feathering on the ears is a good clue, and also look at the back of the front legs. This type of coat is dominant, which means if the dog has one (of two) genes for the coat, he or she will be smooth.
Rough. Almost any other type of coat. The hair may be anything from just a very tiny bit of feathering, up to the dripping coat of the conformation type dogs. This coat is recessive, which means the dog has to have TWO genes for this coat, for it to "express." But that also means that if both parents are rough coated, they will not be smooth coated (because there won't be any smooth genes to pass on).
Bearded. Yes, the Border Collie has bearded genetics in it still (Rough, Smooth, Bearded, and Border Collies were all the same breed only 125 years ago). There's only a couple of pockets of beardie-type lines left, and they are mostly overseas.
I have a good friend with a dog that goes back to one of these lines and he looks almost like a pure Beardie - except there is NO Beardie in the immediate pedigree. I have a picture of this dog working sheep if anyone's interested. He is fully registered in the ABCA. He was AKC registered too but they threw him out - based entirely on his looks. >
I have another friend who has a dog whose grandmother is noted to be a "bearded coat" even though her lines are registered Border Collies. My friend's dog herself is actually a smooth coat, but very wavy. Both smooth and rough coated dogs can have wavy coats, which can vary from just a little wave, up to a tight curl like it's been permed.
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