Past or Present?

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  1. Renee750il

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    As far as the physical/behavioral evolution of the breed goes, as far as I can tell, working Border Collies of past and present are essentially the same dogs doing a lot of the same tasks. Were I to breed my dog, I wouldn't rule out a stud dog from the past. The things you mentioned, Red, such as health screening would be a concern of mine. It's an interesting thought.

    All of these pictures of the "dogs of old" are interesting, because I notice Border Collies haven't changed all that much. They were rather diverse in appearance due to coat colors and lengths, but they're all similarly shaped dogs, give or take a bit of heaviness in bone.

    This is a long read, but I'm posting it mostly for the illustrations. Look at these old pictures of the collies.
    BC Museum: Introduction to the 18th & 19th Centuries


    Wiston Cap, ~1965? Arguably one of the most influential stud dogs in the breed.

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    Just because I'm so familiar with her, here's my own young dog, born in November of '06.

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    And to illustrate the diversity of appearance in the breed, her great-grandsire and great-granddam - Ben a USBCHA champion and Nan the '93 (I believe) international supreme champion.

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    The show-type border collies are a different story entirely. Beautiful dogs, but I feel that they've almost completely separated from the working-type collie.
     

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