BCForever Posted January 28, 2012 Report Share Posted January 28, 2012 I bought my first Border Collie from a conformation breeder who is famous for her winning dogs. I had no idea about the war in performance Border Collies vs conformation border collies during this time. I have always have had breeds such as terriers, basset hounds, and overall hard breeds to train that no one really regards conformation vs performance variety. I received this merle, rough coat, border collie puppy at 8 months old, and she was such a beautiful little bundle of joy. However, she soon became very, very sick and turned out to have a parasite as well as an unknown problem that caused her to throw up, have diarrhea, etc... The breeder disappeared from the face of the planet, and the symptoms were confusing the hell out of me, because they would come and go. After a few months, we were able to control her issues by a controlled diet. The vet bill was horrible. Anyways, she now is two years old, and I love her with all my heart. She works well in obedience, and I have learned a lot from her, but she doesn't have a lot of energy, like I have more endurance than her when we run a mile together. Also, I'm really worried about her structural problems. You know, you would never guess that she was suppose to be a conformation dog. She looks like a fluffy performance dog that was born in a barn by Amish Breeders. When I put my hand where her hips are or anywhere near the spine, she quickly backs away from me and acts like she is in pain. When she was a puppy, I noticed the fact that she had a horrible side-winding gait, so I took her the vet, and they said that she is probably going to come out with dysplasia. It says in the pre that she is fair, but I don't want her to get worse with agility, obedience, etc... I have high goals in mind for my performance dog. Also, she came to me with dog aggression issues that we have been getting under control, but nevertheless they are there. I'm really not sure what to do, and people have been telling me different pieces of advice, so I decided to try to make contact with other Border Collie owners. I know one thing, that my next Border Collie is going to be a rescue, and I will forever be a supporter of the against-badly-bred-conformation-dog's side. P.S. I did manage to track down the breeder at a show, and she seemed shocked by how the puppy turned out. I don't plan on giving this dog away, because I lover her and it would be unfair to handover a problem dog health wise, but I just want to do what is best for my dog. So, maybe I should think about getting a new dog and retiring this one to easier jobs? Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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