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How I Chose a Border Collie as a Working Dog Breed, Part 5: Talents and Intelligence

| 1/24/2019 10:14:00 AM

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 in this series.

Border Collies have more than 500 years of breeding behind them and, while the exact origin of the breed is unknown, for the most part, you can start at the border of England, Scotland and Wales.

All modern Border Collies trace back to one dog named Old Hemp, who was born in the early 1890s. You can find the history of the breed on various sites across the internet, and I will list a couple at the end. To understand the dog, you need to understand the breed and the nature of herding livestock.

A Working Dog Breed with Many Talents

Border Collies can herd any livestock that you train them to herd. Some people use the dogs to herd sheep, goats and cattle, but they also can herd ducks, geese, and even pheasants. I have used my old dog, Miss Allie, to help move pheasants at a game bird hatchery. It takes time to teach the dogs but it is time well spent.

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