countryboy Posted June 18, 2007 Report Share Posted June 18, 2007 A question on how to acquire a border collie. We own livestock but we herd using ATV’s and on horseback. Hello everyone, I am hoping to be part of a new ALL-border collie search and rescue unit in my area. We are located in the middle of nowhere with only canyons, coyotes, mountain lions, bears, farms and national parks for company. The guy who is starting the S&R unit is a great guy and super-friendly but he is extremely strict about the border collies he allows into the unit w.r.t. health and working ability. He does not provide recommendations on breeders since he thinks it would be unethical of him to first provide breeder recommendations and then assess suitability of the pup for his unit. He maintains that a border collie that does not herd will not be permitted into the S&R unit. Even after the dog is part of the unit, he insists that the dog must continue to herd in its daily life! If the dog stops herding, he says he will not permit it to continue in the S&R unit. One of my friends bought a border collie pup from an agility champion in Las Vegas. It is an excellent dog but he won’t permit it in the unit because the pup’s parents did not do any herding and because according to him, a border collie that does not herd should not be bred, period (even if it is an agility champion). He says the herding ability should be carefully fostered in border collies. Another woman had a great border collie but when he learned she bought it from an AKC breeder, he said she had sent him a signal that she did not know much about border collies otherwise she would not have associated with an AKC border collie breeder. She was not permitted to be part of the unit either. Considering that I am hoping to be part of this unit (the web page of the S&R unit is at http://gsdfaq.googlepages.com/), what strategy would you recommend for getting a puppy? What source should I get my pup from so that it gets accepted into the S&R unit? I don’t want to get a pup only to have it rejected on health grounds. Thanx, Justin Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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