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    Barrel racing, equine veterinary medicine, my dogs, offroading etc...
  1. My pup Jilly (She is a BC/Heeler) is only 3mo old, can be timid when around new things. I didn't think she would take to the sheep at all. However this past weekend I took her to a herding trainer just to "sit in" and watch so Jill could get use to the surroundings, after staying tied like a pro most of the day the trainer wanted to "just for fun" put her in the round pen with 4 sheep just to see what she could do... and OMG she came ALIVE she was a little sheep chasing machine!!! So expect her to want to CHASE! The trainer said thats the first step, if they will chase they can be reined in an
  2. I have a 8wk old Border collie/Blue heeler pup named "Jilly" she stalks like a BC, holds her tail like a heeler she is mostly white with a black mask, black dot on her butt and speckles all over ( I will post pics later) in your experience do these dogs do well with sheep? or will it depend on what kind of herd she has in her ??
  3. I have a small female aussihoula that is VERY dog aggressive only on leash.. Don't know why. But when I let her go, she sniffs and goes on with her business. The more I try to control her with the leash the worse she gets.
  4. I too visualize severe. When I was comparing a dog with cowhocks, I was picturing a dog standing with it's hocks together, toes pointed out etc... And was completely baffled by how people could think a cow hocked dog (a real cow hocked dog) could last as long as a "normal" dog.... Thanks for chiming in Debbie you are a breath of fresh air!
  5. Im not saying there is a "Standard" Im just saying a dog w/ out crooked legs is going to have better joints when it is 18yrs old vs a dog that is crooked. THATS ALL im saying. Im not saying every dog that is herding HAS to be perfect, because no dog is perfect. Im just saying from a medical standpoint that a dog with "better confo" is going to not have as many issues down the line. Period...
  6. I work for a veterinarian (equine) and prior to working here I worked for a small animal vet. I was in charge of taking the x-rays. EVERY older dog that was "conformationally unsound" as a younger dog HAD more arthritis and issues in it's body than an older dog that was "conformationally sound" it's just the way it works. There is no 2 ways about it.
  7. Time out. No one said that a dog with bad conformation can't work, or work for a long time. Just simply said that a dog with cow hocks will have hips and stifles go "bad" (arthritis etc) faster than a dog with good hock conformation. If doing the same exact work for the exact amount of time. Not saying the dog will be lame, crippled but that cowhocked dog WILL develop arthritis faster than a dog w/ good hocks. Thats all.
  8. Im sorry but your kidding yourself if you don't think conformation plays a role in longevity of an athlete. Regardless of species.
  9. I would imagine that dog conformation is alot like horse conformation. Horses can do alot more than look pretty in an arena. I barrel race and my horses have to be able to get in the ground, turn quick and accelerate. Just like the BC's do. For this kind of work you MUST have a structurally sound animal. Meaning if they are cow hocked, have too long of a back, are not balancedfrom nose to tail they will break down sooner than an animal that is balanced. A leggy horse/dog can do anything a smaller animal can do if they are athletic and ballanced, meaning the rest of their body matches their l
  10. Thats OK you know more than I do so your an expert to me
  11. I agree that he there is a chance that he could be a mix breed, but you can assume that of any dog that isn't registered. Anyone at any point can say "oh this is his sire and bring out a random BC" ya know. If he is part aussie (which im positive he is not) he is the most intelligent, BC like mix I have ever met I don't think the fact that she has 2 different breeds of dog makes her an irresponsible breeder. In her house she had walls lined with herding and agility pictures of her in the winners circle (if thats what you call it in the dog world) with both BC's and Aussies. Also the fact th
  12. I can see where both of you are coming from. Wiley does not have papers, however I have seen his parents and the lady I got him from is a reputable breeder of both aussies and border collies (the trainer knows all of this). He was sold to me as a pure bred BC, looks like a BC, stalks like a BC, Smart like a BC and his parents are papered she sold him to me w/ out papers because I didn't want to spend 100.00 extra just for a piece of paper for a soon to be neutered dog. There is absolutely NO reason for me or anyone else to think he is not a pure bred BC. The only thing I can think is that he d
  13. Everything about him is BC, the way he stalks, acts. The only thing he doesn't do that a typical BC does is lay on the ground and watch things. He lowers to the ground but he never actually lays down. So I guess she could base it on that but that would still be pretty silly. Don't ya think?
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