The smartest dog breed is the border collie. A retriever naturally retrieves without training. A beagle will always find its way home. German shepherds are great guard dogs. There are many breed stereotypes, but are they based on fact? Today, due to the the emphasis on appearance with most kennel clubs, many breeders focus more on looks than how a dog thinks or behaves, and there are often more differences within a breed sometimes than between breeds. A dog that doesn't retrieve is still a retriever, and a dog that doesn't herd sheep is still a herder. All this makes finding breed differences in qualities like intelligence and behavior all the more difficult. Several years ago, a good friend of mine paid top dollar for a beautiful, health tested Golden Retriever to be his new bird dog. Unfortunately his new retriever did not retrieve, did not like water and had very little energy or interest in working. It turns out he came from show lines and natural behavior traits had been bred out of his lines. They still have him but he is a sweet family pet. How does this happen? If breeders do not breed for behavior of the breed type and focus only on health or physical traits, the temperament and natural working ability of the breed will be bred out of the line. This is why so many dogs are no longer true to breed type in personality and behavior. Collies should not be couch potatoes or timid. Collies are a herding breed and should be confident and have enough drive to be able to perform a large multitude of tasks whether it be herding, sporting events, companionship, therapy or service dogs. At SCPS, when breeding dogs are accepted into our registry, emphasis is placed on each collie's ability to perform true to breed type. Our breeders must demonstrate their dog's abilities when applying to our registry, so you know what to expect from the puppies in a litter. We also encourage our members to enroll their collies in our Versatility Program that rewards dogs for their demonstrated abilities and accomplishments. Purchasing a puppy that fits your lifestyle and meets your expectations is important. When looking to add a new puppy to your family, you can shop with confidence at SCPS as our breeders provide extensive information about their breeding collies on health, size, temperament and working ability. Why shop anywhere else?
Author DENISE MAHER RESIDES IN THE BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA, WITH MY HUSBAND AND THREE CHILDREN. I AM A FOUNDING MEMBER AND CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE SCOTTISH COLLIE PRESERVATION SOCIETY. I LIVE ON ACREAGE WITH HORSES, BARN CATS AND THREE DOGS. I HAVE BEEN A DOG TRAINER FOR OUR LOCAL COUNTY 4-H CHAPTER AND HAVE SERVED AS AN AGILITY JUDGE FOR OUR LOCAL COUNTY DOG SHOWS. TITUS IS MY FIRST SCOTTISH COLLIE, ALTHOUGH I HAVE OWNED OTHER HERDING BREEDS AND I AM CONTINUALLY IMPRESSED WITH THIS BREED. I HAVE WORKED WITH TITUS IN A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE AGILITY, HOBBY FARMING, HERDING, TRICK TRAINING, BARN HUNT AND PROMOTIONAL VISITS TO THE LOCAL YOUTH COMMUNITIES. I HAVE CHALLENGED HIM TO TEST THE VERSATILITY OF THIS BREED AND HE HAS PERFORMED WELL IN EVERY ASPECT. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO A SECOND SCOTTISH COLLIE NEXT YEAR. MY KNOWLEDGE OF SCPS IS EXTENSIVE AS A FOUNDING MEMBER. I HOPE YOU WILL FIND MY BLOGS EDUCATIONAL AND WORTH READING.