Razze Canine: Border Collie – Foto Cani di Razza: Border Collie: Big Ears

Razze Canine: Border Collie – Foto Cani di Razza: Border Collie

 

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4/52 Big Ears

Border collies are common in the UK – you can hardly walk down the road without tripping over an often rather shattered looking human, holding a toy in 1 hand, attached to an often rather manic looking BC with the other. Dog & owner are generally careering in the direction of the nearest field! The dogs often share more behavioural traits than looks; coming in many sizes, shapes, colours & coat types (including curly!). Many look nothing like the classically marked, B&W, rough coated dogs you see in books. I love that variation!

At a glance Barney pretty much is the sheepdog from the books but he’s also a giant of a collie, with ridiculous ears! Everywhere we go, there are gasps of “wow, he’s BIG, isn’t he?”, “I’ve never seen such a huge collie!” etc… Tall, long, sturdily built, with a broad head & large paws – he’s a big, solid looking dog. 23ins/58cm at the shoulder and weighing 24kg/52lbs (he’s skinny at that weight too) he is indeed a pretty large BC (though I’ve seen bigger). After they’ve got over the bigness, everyone comments on Barney’s ears!

They’re big, floppy – almost lab-like. Quite mobile & expressive, he can’t raise them unless running fast – or facing into a strong wind! I’ve been asked if he’s a “sprollie” (BC/springer spaniel). Pretty sure he’s not a mix – he just has silly ears! I spoke to a lady who’s been involved with BCs for many yrs, written books on working sheepdogs & researched their history. She was intrigued by Barn’s size & floppy ears (called “tag ears”), a once common trait that long ago lost favour to alert, prick ears. She said he’s “very old fashioned” which made me smile – he acts like he’s just stepped out of a Victorian farmyard some days.

Anyway, I am fond of his bigness & am especially fond of those silly, floppy ears – they make Barney, Barney! So, I’d love to know, what do you love about your own dog’s appearance, something that makes them uniquely them?

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Razza: Border Collie, Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog, Collie de la frontera, Collie fronterizo
FCI: FCI_Gruppo_1 – FCI_Sezione_1 FCI_Standard_297

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Razza Presentata: Border Collie

Altri nomi di questo cane di razza: Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog, Collie de la frontera, Collie fronterizo

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