From this I would guess that a beardie has very little guardian instinct-
A guardian is left with the livestock all the time, from puppyhood on, but
specialty herding dogs are usually kept separate when the
owner is not around- by chaining or kenneling the dog when the owner
is not present, or by taking the dog with the owner.
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> Subject: Re: Bearded Collies
> Date: Sunday, August 02, 1998 00:37
> Beardies generally are upright, pushy, loose-eyed dogs; many are barky.
> Britain there are some Beardie-coated dogs that are really more of a
> Collie type --originally these were just coat variants of the basic "farm
> collie," although many beardie-coated dogs were used as "huntaways" to
> sheep out of brushy areas and so some strains developed something of a
> particular working style -- barky and very active.
> The modern show beardies are descended from a rather small group of dogs
> "rediscovered" by a dog fancier and developed into a show breed. There
> still quite a bit of working instinct in the breed, but many seem to be
> hyper side. Lots of experience and firm but gentle handling are required
> dogs of that type. Aside from that, the "standard" training techniques
> generally are used to develop the basic working skills, although there
> variations according to the individual dog and the individual needs of a
> particular situation.
> Linda R.
> Pacifica, CA