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Old 09-18-2010, 10:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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border collie or aussie breeder

Hi folks,
i have a client looking for top working lines. wants a dog to work cattle on her ranch. Can anyone suggest a breeder of top working lines from either of the above breeds?
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: border collie or aussie breeder

For ranch work I would think you find someone using working cattle dogs, these people often don't have websites or such.

One person I know of that is highly regarded at least in competition circles is Janice DeMello. Her herding experience may be competition centered I don't know, what I do know is if you want OTCH or MACH potential Border Collies she's your person. She's the originator of the "around the clock" method of scent discrimination trainining for the UD scent exercise. Her dogs are bred under the moniker "Hob Nob"

http://www.jandemellobordercollie.co...lies/Home.html
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: border collie or aussie breeder

If you want a good working BC, for the most part you do best to stay away from AKC breeders. Most serious working breeders do not register with the AKC.

THe place I would probably start looking if I wanted a pup would be Fieldstone Farm in Virginia. Nice person, dogs work on their farm and compete at top levels regularly in USBCHA trials (gold standard for BCs) Another good way to go about it would be attending a few USBCHA trials. If they wouldn't have a dog for you then they could send you in the right direction.

The Kensmuir.com stockdog forum would also be a good place to check out they have litter announcements/dogs for sale listed there from time to time or could point a person in the right direction for their part of the country.

What part of the country is this person in? If I had a location I might be able to make some local suggestions for them to go check out.
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: border collie or aussie breeder

We have a nice working avalanche dog at my resort from this breeder:
http://www.keen-eye.com/index.html
I know her focus is working bc's and she provides bording and training for herding dogs as well. Don't know her personally though.
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: border collie or aussie breeder

Thank you for the referral information. My client is located in Texas (yes, I know it is a big state)
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Re: border collie or aussie breeder

I'd recommend checking out the Texas Sheepdog Association http://www.texassheepdogassoc.org/

On the website they also have a classifieds section http://www.texassheepdogassoc.org/classified.html with lots of contact information for working breeders in TX. There is a pretty good trialing/working community in TX. I know Herbert Holmes (listed in the classifieds) is a good trainer and very well respected in working BC circles - he would be the person I'd start my search with if I were in that area looking for a good working cattle/sheepdog.

I have no experience with Aussies, but Working Aussie source looks like it might be a good place to start if they want to pursue that breed http://www.workingaussiesource.com/
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: border collie or aussie breeder

I REALLy like those little cattle dogs/heelers. Tough as nails.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: border collie or aussie breeder

Really liked the Red Top dog I met. In fact, it's the frist border collie my wife thought she could live with:

http://www.patrickshannahan.com/

Also a lot of posters here are working sheep dog folks:
http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php
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www.daltonscowdogs.com

Dalton has sent a lot of dogs to the Waggoner ranch in TX.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Re: border collie or aussie breeder

My sheepdog trainer has a super litter about 3 weeks old. From top working dogs imported from the UK.

Carol Campion, Bittersweet Farm. Carol's dogs are worth going out of your area for, believe me.

If your clients are looking for a good trained dog, Carol can help them with that too.
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