The breed to win

Just about a year ago someone asked me how many dogs I have, I replied "I have three Border Collies", the response I received was "Oh. of course you do, that is the kind of breed you need to win".  She meant no harm by the comment and had no ill intent, but still to this day I think about the immediate reaction that I sometimes get from people when I say I have Border Collies. The most common reaction is similar to the one above, I have Border's because I want to win. 

This topic bothers me down to the core, if I had a more "uncommon" agility breed I would be met with reactions of amazement and how I must be doing agility strictly for that connection with my dog and the sheer fun of it. Whereas owners of Border Collies are met with the attitude that we are competing to win and we are in it for the ribbons. 

I love my Border Collies, I love them as a dog, not as a tool to win or a means to go to Championships. They are my breed, I love the way they look, their attitude and the way they learn. 

Yes, most Border's are fast and yes, they do win. But if I was running a beagle who was fast and won every class, I would be met with high fives, but for some reason owners of Border Collies are met with the attitude of "oh. of course you won." 

If someone has owned a dog who wasn't a Border Collie, but then decides to get a BC, they are said to be going to "the dark side" 

This entire Border Collies vs. everyone else ideal has always baffled me, I believe we should all be able to play in agility with whatever breed we want and all receive the same show of support. We all love our different breeds, and I think we should all love them for who they are, small or tall, fast or slow. 

My breed is Border Collies, win or lose. 

Amanda

7 comments

  • Karen

    Karen victoria, Australia

    . Your dogs are your mates first and agility partner second. I love working dogs due to their personalities, train ability ( around the house as well as in the ring) and their sweetness. Just as I prefer bitches to dogs. We have BC X , kelpie X and Koolie X. And my next will again be a working dog whether I continue to trial or not. We are all different and prefer different breeds.

    . Your dogs are your mates first and agility partner second. I love working dogs due to their personalities, train ability ( around the house as well as in the ring) and their sweetness. Just as I prefer bitches to dogs. We have BC X , kelpie X and Koolie X. And my next will again be a working dog whether I continue to trial or not.
    We are all different and prefer different breeds.

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer CA

    These days people are so uneducated about the simple facts of dogs they can talk out the rear end. All they seem to notice is that yes they(BC's) are awesome athletes w/ lots of speed. They don't take into consideration the amount of work and dedication that goes into reaching goals. Speed doesn't always work in favor especially if there is no self control in the equation. I have also seen some dog breeds pick up speed that would Never have crossed my mind. Besides, the sport also includes team work and communication "between" dog and handler is very important.

    These days people are so uneducated about the simple facts of dogs they can talk out the rear end. All they seem to notice is that yes they(BC's) are awesome athletes w/ lots of speed. They don't take into consideration the amount of work and dedication that goes into reaching goals. Speed doesn't always work in favor especially if there is no self control in the equation. I have also seen some dog breeds pick up speed that would Never have crossed my mind. Besides, the sport also includes team work and communication "between" dog and handler is very important.

  • Kaitlyn

    Kaitlyn Scotland

    That's because the ad fact is more and more agility people are getting BCs because they want to win or do well. These people aren't equipped to deal with the day-in-day-out nuisances of owning BCs. For example, I know one girl who has a mutt that is best suited to her lifestyle (the short walk, odd dog park trip, occasional agility) and went and got a BC puppy. The dog is bored most of the time especially with the girl's busy schedule. It's sad. And so many of those new BC people have gone from being lifelong Lab/GSD/whatever else owners to being "BC people". They get an attitude and seem to know everything overnight. It's disgusting and annoying and the poor dogs don't get what they need/deserve.

    That's because the ad fact is more and more agility people are getting BCs because they want to win or do well. These people aren't equipped to deal with the day-in-day-out nuisances of owning BCs. For example, I know one girl who has a mutt that is best suited to her lifestyle (the short walk, odd dog park trip, occasional agility) and went and got a BC puppy. The dog is bored most of the time especially with the girl's busy schedule. It's sad. And so many of those new BC people have gone from being lifelong Lab/GSD/whatever else owners to being "BC people". They get an attitude and seem to know everything overnight. It's disgusting and annoying and the poor dogs don't get what they need/deserve.

  • doug

    doug Houston Tx.

    My border collie got her elite weavers and touch and go this weekend ... and .... after 8 "interesting" event attempts, my novice dalmatian que'd w/ a first place ribbon and a respectable 4.7 YPS in Touch and Go!.. love them both for who they are.. they are so totally different yet unique.

    My border collie got her elite weavers and touch and go this weekend ... and .... after 8 "interesting" event attempts, my novice dalmatian que'd w/ a first place ribbon and a respectable 4.7 YPS in Touch and Go!.. love them both for who they are.. they are so totally different yet unique.

  • Sue

    Sue Bloomington, MN

    One of my agility trainers said that in Europe, Border Collies are separated and only compete with other Border Collies. Maybe we ought to do that here, to even things up for other breeds? I mean no offense, I do believe people love their breeds, I love the mixed breeds myself and let the dog pick me.

    One of my agility trainers said that in Europe, Border Collies are separated and only compete with other Border Collies. Maybe we ought to do that here, to even things up for other breeds? I mean no offense, I do believe people love their breeds, I love the mixed breeds myself and let the dog pick me.

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    I have aussies and will never apologize for having them. Like you said - I love how they are - I love to train them and I love to live with them!! I am often presented with the 'well ya but you have an Aussie' I too take offence as this is the breed I love - thanks for your thoughts :)

    I have aussies and will never apologize for having them. Like you said - I love how they are - I love to train them and I love to live with them!! I am often presented with the 'well ya but you have an Aussie' I too take offence as this is the breed I love - thanks for your thoughts smile

  • Linda

    Linda

    I think there is also a reverse attitude by some BC owners, that the breed is smarter than other breeds. And a sort of clique. I don't really care. I do what i want to do with the breed of my choice. I just don't like the idea that people with other breeds are at fault for how BC owners might feel/ Goes both ways I think.

    I think there is also a reverse attitude by some BC owners, that the breed is smarter than other breeds. And a sort of clique. I don't really care. I do what i want to do with the breed of my choice. I just don't like the idea that people with other breeds are at fault for how BC owners might feel/ Goes both ways I think.

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