Mr. McCaig asks: Can somebody explain how breeding Border Collies for agility and/or against "Early Takeoff Syndrome" differs morally from breeding them for conformation?
In terms of the "moral" aspect, I think breeding for sports is very similar to breeding for conformation. In terms of impact to the breed, my opinion is that such breeding may be even more deleterious. The biggest reason for this is that there are far more border collies being bred for agility than for conformation, so the impact of the breed from sports will be far greater. That is not a good thing for the border coll