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I Keep A Close Watch On These Sheep Of Mine... Border Collie - NZ

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Gore, New Zealand

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The Origin of the Working Border Collie can be traced back to the working dogs used to work sheep in the border areas of Scotland and England in the 18th and 19th centuries. These dogs were said to be rough with stock and difficult to control but their keen herding instinct and the control over the sheep that they displayed were considered useful traits. Ace keeping a close watch on the sheep in the paddock next door. Their concentration and focus is amazing to watch.
I Keep A Close Watch On These Sheep Of Mine… Border Collie


The modern day Working Border Collie can be traced back to a dog bred by Adam Telfer, from Northumberland, who in 1894 was successful in breading a dog with a much gentler style of working sheep but keeping the traits considered so useful in his ancestors. This dogs name was “Hemp” or “Old Hemp”
The term Border Collie was first used in 1915 by James Reid, the secretary of the international Sheep Dog Society in the United Kingdom to distinguish the working dog from show dogs which originated from the same working stock.
Working Border Collies, bred to work in the hilly regions around the border of Scotland and England, have the instinct to “gather” sheep to their handler as opposed to other breeds that drive sheep ahead of their handler. Working Border Collies often need to work at great distances from and out of sight of their handler so need to display the ability of being able to work independently.
The Working Border Collie uses a technique called “eye” to work the sheep. “Eye” is displayed by the dog adopting a crouching position and appearing to stare at (or concentrate on) the sheep which intimidates the sheep into moving away from the dog in the direction of his handler.
Today’s Working Border Collies are not that far removed from Old Hemp, they still have all of the characteristics and traits that were valued all those years ago. While they are still used to herd sheep and other livestock, they are also used as therapy dogs, Seeing Eye dogs for the blind and even by police forces in some parts of the world. All their ability, energy and endurance can be traced back to those dogs of the 18th and 19th centauries that were bred so successfully to create the Working Border Collies of today. Information from:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland NZ Dec 2011

I Keep A Close Watch On These Sheep Of Mine… Border Collie

I Herd… The Word Sheep!!… – Border Collie


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