Root Beer Posted November 10, 2008 Report Share Posted November 10, 2008 Do people really choose Border Collies based on color for sports? Honestly, I've never personally known anyone who has chosen a particular Border Collie, or breeder, for sports based on color. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but seriously, almost all of the Border Collies that I know through Agility, Rally, and Freestyle are either black and white or black/white tri. Most are rescues, are from farms, or are working bred. I do know a few people who got Border Collies from breeders who were breeding for sport, but none of them are merle or red or lilac or any particularly "unsual" color. I certainly didn't choose Dean for his color. He is gorgeous, but in his rescue picture he actually looked strange. I'm not really a "merle person". He fit my criteria when I was choosing dogs to meet, so into the group he went even though I didn't really like his looks from the picture. When I saw him . . . well, that was another story because he is stunning in person, but I can honestly say that if he had been as disconnected from us as the first and last dogs that we met were, he would not have been our choice. His looks were a bonus, not the reason why we chose to adopt him. It's an odd idea to me, having a merle, that people would actually seek them out on purpose for sports. People don't think that Dean is going to run faster or better because he's a merle. If anything, I run into more "he's not a Border Collie" out and about in the dog sport world than anything else!! Maybe this is a regional thing or maybe I just don't know the people who are seeking dogs out for particular colors. Do you all know people who have actually done this? If so, why were they looking for a particular color for a Border Collie for sports? What advantage do they think they are going to have? I'm just curious about this since it's just not something I run into among the Border Collie people that I know in Agility, Freestyle, or Rally in my area. I'd like to understand this better. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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