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So, as we all know, the AKC has a breed "standard" for what dogs are supposed to look like. My question is, why does the AKC BC standard look NOTHING LIKE an actual border collie?? I saw a breeder's family of dogs in person the other day, and the guys were all short and barrel chested, and the girls were tiny! More lap than working dog! Aside from their markings, they didn't even look like collies. I get that the whole point of the AKC is to have this "ideal" appearance, but why make that standard so far removed from what border collies actually look like? Did they want a LESS graceful and athletic looking dog? More petite face and snout because they looked TOO intelligent before? The overall aesthetic seems to be toning down and cutesying them up until they're the kind of dog Scarlet O'Hara's daughter would bring along on an afternoon stroll. I have so much more to say, but I thought I'd give others a chance to weigh in :-) Kendra EDIT: I should have put this in the politics thread. I'm the worst.
I have been taking agility classes for about a year and a half now, we had our first NADAC trial a year ago, and have gone through ups and downs for sure since I began with NO CLUE about what I'm doing. BUT, I am getting a bit hooked on this agility stuff now that my precious Layla is showing actual progress; I finally took her to an AKC agility trail and she did great except for standard (because of the teeter-totter, which she is still leary of off and on). I am feeling good about how she's paying attention to me and returning to me to let me put the leash on her in the end (we had serious problems with that in April). She loves agility, and I can honestly say this is something I never thought I would do until we adopted a border collie mix puppy at the shelter and she grew up to need a JOB! And now I am loving it too, even though I know I probably look kind of silly at 49 chasing a fast little dog like her but the ride is SO FUN! Here's our JWW cue from this past weekend (Qed once in JWW and twice in FAST), now I just can't wait until the NADAC trial on June 22-23.