I often read this blog and I came across her latest post
From the blog: "Squid, 19 months old, passed the swedish herding test yesterday! This is the lowest level of herding trials and also something the dog must pass if you want to breed it (and register the dogs with the kennel club)."
I thought this was a great idea! I wish they did this for Border Collies in the United States. I really wish they did...as yes, I am one of "those" people who is an advocate for working dogs, which I mean dogs bred for herding ability. I am not a purist, I don't hate people who have a flyball/agility/obedience bred dog...but personally I like the dogs that are bred for work only.
I prefer dogs that can do agility, then go work sheep well. And in reality, any dog can run agility...but not all dogs can work stock to high levels. Agility is in reality, when you break it down to the basic structure, nothing more than a string of trained behaviors. Herding instinct is not a trained behavior, it cannot be "created" as drive can for agility. It is so complicated and involves so many things. I think it is amazing and I find it sad that some people don't want that in their dogs. To me that is what the Border Collie is all about. I would't want a puppy out of a litter if both parents were not nice working dogs. Just wouldn't make sense.
Of course this testing will never happen, and in reality humans have totally separated their lines (working versus sport). I know where to get a nice working dog from. So that is who I will choose to support.
2 days ago