<< connection between the
Old Welsh Bob Tail, the German Coolie and the Australian Shepherd. All
have their roots associated with the Basques and their sheep. All three
similar size and conformational structure. More than that, all three
the original Pyrenean Shepherd's style of herding, not to mention the
combination of merle coloration, blue eyes, and natural bobtails. >>
Bewick's cur dog also fits this description in working style and bob tail,
as do many of the types of cur in the southeast US.
This style of working, may have been more useful on ranches where the
livestock stay at considerable distance from the ranchhouse, (as opposed to
the "softer" more protective style of the farmshepherds, including the ES)
and whatever dog of this "cur-type" was handy was used. The more
conventional theories of
Aussie history do not give the British dogs enough credit. Trying to
mention the curs as an ancestor of the
Aussie would likely have a very negative backlash, as that term has had
negative connotations in other locations than the southeast US.
I believe that earlier Linda told us that the Robert Burns book (Published
subsequent to Bewick's) defined the word "collie" as a cur dog.
Janet pointed out that some lines of Aussie are better at the "old softer",
more protective, gathering style of working than others are. Whether or
not this indicates that these lines have more of the OTFS/Bewick's shepherd
bloodlines than other Aussie bloodlines, I don't know, but I believe that
her dogs would be very useful as ancestors of our "back to the future"
dogs. This would be the type of Aussie that I would choose! Sandra
mentioned a woman in Pennsylvania whose Aussies loved and protected the
baby goats, but generally this is not a characteristic that Aussies have
been bred for. This type of dog is a marvelous small farm dog.
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