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  1. Hi, thanks for the reply. I will be taking Lillo to the UK next week, so will have a test done there. Meanwhile, here he is now at almost one year old. Thanks again
  2. Thank you for replying. I will talk to the vet about the DNA testing, merely because I love my dog and I want to know 'everything' about him.
  3. Hi, I am just so happy that Riley can stay with the owner he lives for. I read the story today and was heartbroken to think that he would be sent away from his family and his home. Sorry I'm no help at all, but thanks for finding a way of keeping Riley xx
  4. Just been to see what a Kuvasz is and yes there are plenty of big dogs that look like those in the area x
  5. Thank you all for your replies, you're all very kind to dedicate some of your time to me and Lillo :-). Hunting dogs are quite popular in the area as here in Sardinia they practice wild boar hunting and hunting for other prey also. On hunting days I often see a lot of beagles and setters on their way to the open countryside in their owner's trucks. As guardian dogs for the sheep here, it's quite usual to see this large breed, which is known as a Fonnese (Fonni being a mountainous area of Sardinia) http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv47/LEILA661/fonnesu_zpsaffedfb4.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo fonnesu_zpsaffedfb4.jpg"/></a>[/img] or German Shepherds, but around 80% of the guardian dogs are mixed breeds. As I live in a small village where everyone knows each other (and their dogs)whoever abbandoned Lillo came from away to do so. As some of you have pointed out, he most probably has a good percentage of bird or hunting dog in him which would explain the 'creeping up and pouncing). Many thanks again :-)
  6. Thank you so much Juliepoudrier for your reply. While he was growing up in fact, it was fantastic to see the changes he went through, as with all dogs I imagine. I'm new to all this because I've never been lucky enough to have a dog before now. If I'd known then what I was missing! Lillo turned up and I'm the lucky one :-) Wow the photos of your dogs at the foot of your message are so beautiful, each one more beautiful than the next! Many compliments, they look happy, alert and so healthy. Thanks again :)/> In the photo attached he was 5 months old.
  7. Hi. Thank you so much for your reply and for your kind words and wishes. Thanks also for the idea of a video. Yes there are BC dogs in Italy, but I live on the island of Sardinia and here they are not very frequent, specially not in my area, so it would be unusual if Lillo did have a hint of BC. Not even Maremma dogs are used much in this area for herding as the local farms are all very small, thus the herds are easy to manage and don't travel much from one pasture to another. In reality I love my dog so much, that it wouldn't make any difference to me if he were an ET! I love all dogs but BC's are indeed very beautiful. Thanks again :)/>
  8. Hi, I'm writing in from Italy where I live though I'm from the UK. Browsing over the net looking for info about Border Collie dogs, I found this forum. There are some fantastic photos of your dogs on here, many compliments to the proud owners. About eight months ago, I found a puppy that some disgusting being had closed inside a bag and thrown out as if it was rubbish. I have never owned a dog but I kept it as I couldn't find it a decent home. The vet told me that Lillo was about two months old at the time and that it was a mongrel, small spitz mix-up that would not reach 20 pounds as an adult. Here he is as a puppy, with a spotted pink and black nose! http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv47/LEILA661/IMG_0088_zpsfe0326fe.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_0088_zpsfe0326fe.jpg"/></a>[/img] And here at 4 months old. http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv47/LEILA661/Lillo4mesieungiorno_zps897a4d96.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo Lillo4mesieungiorno_zps897a4d96.jpg"/></a>[/img] Lillo is now 10 months old, weighs in at 30 pounds and looks nothing like a spitz dog. I live in the countryside so we go for long walks. I can only let him off the lead when there are no sheep around, as he does everything in his power to get into their field and round them up. He also chases cars and is not 'car aware'. He does, however, get to run free regularly. He has some 'strange' habits that I haven't seen in dogs before. If we're playing 'fetch' , after a while if he sees I'm holding a toy, he will sort of 'sneak up' on me, from a distance. He changes completely when he does this. He walks slowly in a very elegant way, as though his legs have gone soft, looking slightly from side to side blinking his eyelids as if he doesn't care, and he creeps up to the toy. When he's close enough, he dives on it! He's very intelligent. If I 'bark' once, he does. If I do it twice or three time, he does too! Anyway, here are some photos. He has a very hairy skirt and neck, a very bushy tail, but he's white with sable ears and a mark on his rear. One eye has a black 'eye-liner' border, the other has a pink border. In this area there are a lot of large white dogs used for sheep herding, I know Lillo is a mix. But could there be some border collie in him? It would be really unusual, because here in Sardinia there are not many of those. Thanks for any opinions! http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv47/LEILA661/lillonow_zps3261f3a2.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo lillonow_zps3261f3a2.jpg"/></a>[/img] http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv47/LEILA661/LILL_zpsb8aff5aa.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo LILL_zpsb8aff5aa.jpg"/></a>[/img]
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