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Welcome to All Border Collies. We try to be as comprehensive of a resource as possible and prospective owners are urged to participate in forum discussions and to research as much as possible before choosing to get a Border Collie. Remember, Border Collies are a serious working breed and, while they can be great companion dogs for the right person, they aren't for everyone.

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Submit a photo of your dog(s) with the theme Spring! or any other May photo you'd like to enter. The contest will be open from May 1st to June 1st when forum members will vote on the photos to determine the winner!

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A loyal, hard-working sheepdog can make all the difference on your farm
Posted on 17 Aug 2010 by Brandon M

From Independent.ie.

A Wicklow sheep farmer recently lost a sheepdog that had given him a decade of excellent service. He now had a new one. His companion at the bar asked: "What's your new dog like?"

"Useless, but the sheep don't know that yet," was the reply.

Certainly, if sheep or cattle think that they can escape from you, or from a bad dog, they will do so. We have all seen how a flock of ewes will career off in several directions or how a rogue ewe will make a break if she thinks she can get away with it. A good dog puts a stop to such messing and will teach sheep good manners. A good dog makes you the boss on a livestock farm.

Breeders of sheepdogs tell me that demand for their animals has slowed. Partly this is because there are fewer sheep flocks in the country. But the quadbikes are also replacing dogs on farms, especially on cattle farms.

"A quadbike might be able to round up sheep or cattle to bring them in from the field but it will not hold up a ewe against a fence so that you can catch her to treat maggots," pointed out Eamonn Egan from Teagasc. Eamonn gives courses on handling sheepdogs on behalf of Teagasc.

Equally, the quadbike will not be able to match the work of a dog when it comes to collecting sheep off a mountain. Indeed, the quadbike has recently been banned from some mountains.

Of course, not all dogs are obedient and good around farm animals. You may be better off with no dog than with a bad one. Intelligence and good training are vital in your canine assistant.

My impression is that good trainers and handlers of sheepdogs are getting scarcer. You can obtain DVDs on training sheep dogs (I've tried putting the dog in front of the telly and showing it the training DVD. It didn't work).

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Dogs: An unusual guide to school reform
Posted on 17 Aug 2010 by Brandon M

From The Washington Post.

Driving the country roads of Scotland, Ireland and Wales, I have sometimes been lucky enough to be blocked by sheep being moved from one pasture to another.

I say ‘lucky’ because it allows me to watch an impressive performance by a dog usually a Border Collie.

What a show! A single, mid-sized dog herding two or three hundred sheep, keeping them moving in the right direction, rounding up strays, knowing how to intimidate but not cause panic, funneling them all through a gate, and obviously enjoying the challenge.

Why a Border Collie? Why not an Akita or Xoloitzcuintli or another of about 400 breeds listed on the Internet?

Because, among the people for whom herding sheep is serious business, there is general agreement that Border Collies are better at doing what needs to be done than any other dog. They have ‘the knack.’

That knack is so important that those who care most about Border Collies even oppose their being entered in dog shows. That, they say, would lead to the Border Collie being bred to look good, and looking good isn’t the point. Brains, innate ability, performance that’s the point.

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Border collies and owners team up for trials
Posted on 17 Aug 2010 by Brandon M

The border collie streaks away, heading up the slope and circling in behind the band of five sheep.

With occasional tweaks from a whistle or verbal commands from the dog handler, the collie herds the sheep over a set course. Dog and handler work together, ideally with the sheep cooperating and staying on the best line around the course. It's all about teamwork, the handlers explain.

“When I see my dog go out on a big run, it really lifts me,” said Elissa Thau. “If we do well, I feel totally stoked. It's a really, really incredible feeling. It's a partnership, it's two of us working as one.”

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Border Collie nominated for VPI Hambone Award
Posted on 13 Aug 2010 by Brandon M

Most dogs are content to simply bark at the mailman, but not Aubie. Upon delivery of his owner’s mail, the 1-year-old Border collie chose to make his presence known by running full-speed into and through a closed window.“Aubie’s never been enamored with the mailman,” said Sharman Martin of Birmingham, Ala.

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Dog has leg amputated after being zip tied
Posted on 13 Aug 2010 by Brandon M
Another good reason to make sure your dog is secure when you're away. You never know who might find them.

A Port Orchard family is devastated after their seven-year-old Border Collie “Blazer” was found yesterday in a forest area off of Birch Road in South Kitsap with all of his legs zip tied.

Kathleen Roller called authorities after her dog went missing sometime after Thursday, they found him three days later.

“I was involved in a serious car accident last Thursday that severed an artery in my right leg,” said Roller. “I was transported to a trauma center and when I didn’t come home, my dog went looking for me.”

Roller and her husband David, posted flyers all over the neighborhood hoping someone had seen Blazer. While they were putting up flyers, Roller’s husband was approached by a man who lives on Birch Road and said he had seen the dog earlier that day. The man also told them the dog appeared to have wire ties tied around its legs.

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