Tag Archive: breed history

Working Wild Bison: The Ultimate Challenge

Bison management problems had developed during the late 1970’s and 80’s in various national parks throughout the western United States. Part of the problem was tourist liability. Tourists don’t think of this huge,… Continue reading

Borderlines, February/March 2011

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Fall Roundup – How Cowdogs Saved the Day

Autumn is the time of the year when livestock is rounded up and gathered to be shipped to market.  Calves are collected and weaned and any that weren’t marked during the spring are… Continue reading

Western Horseman Magazine Book Review – October 2010

Stockdog Savvy  by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor is a practical and useful handbook for ranchers as well as the hobbyist. If you want to learn to train stockdogs for farm and ranch work in the… Continue reading

Cane da Pastore di Oropa

            Cane da Pastore d’Oropa Also known as: Cane da Pastore d’Oropa, Shepherd Dog of Oropa, Cane Pastore Biellese,  Biella Shepherd Origin: Northern Italy / Italian Alps Height at shoulder: 23.5 inches (60 cm) Weight:… Continue reading

Breeds From a Common Root

What do Carea Leonés: Old German Shepherds: Pyrenean Sheepdogs: Australian Shepherds: and Welsh Sheepdogs: have in common? To find out please visit: http://allaboutaussiesblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/breeds-from-a-common-root/ Point of Interest: Ramboluillet sheep are the cornerstone of the Western… Continue reading

Australian Shepherd History Revisited

One historian’s view that has been published over and over proposes the Basque and Spanish herders and their sheepdogs had very little to do with the breed’s foundation,“It appears that the theory of… Continue reading

Shiloh Shepherd

Shiloh Shepherd Origin: United States Height at shoulder: 26–30 inches (66–72 cm) Weight: 80–160 pounds (36–73 kg) Coat: Short and smooth, or plush and long Color: Shades of sable, black or white Ears:… Continue reading

Last Year’s Pups

Last Year’s Pups By Ernie Hartnagle – 1974 Last year’s pups are working now Getting static from mother cow. And some others earn their keep Movin’ baby lambs and sheep. Copyright © 2010… Continue reading


The Border Collie pictured above is Reanna, a great working ranch dog. She taught me to step back (instead of toward her) to widen her outrun. Her sire was Fleetwood, one of our working ranch dogs and her dam… Continue reading

Water Dogs in Herding

Trivia: During the 17th and 18th Centuries, curly coated dogs (water dogs and herding dogs) were commonly referred to as poodles. The exceptionally intelligent Poodle with ancestral ties to the Barbet and to corded herding dogs… Continue reading

Chien de Crau

Chien de Crau Also known as: Berger de Crau, Le Chien Berger de Crau, Barbet de la Crau, Berger de Camargue on de Crau Origin: Southern France Height at shoulder: 20.5–25.5 inches (52–65cm) Weight: 35–60… Continue reading

Hairy Mouth Heeler

Hairy Mouth Heeler Known also as: Wire Mouth Heeler, Wire Haired Heeler, Wirey Haired Heeler, Hairy Mouthed Heeler Origin: Midwestern United States Height at shoulder: 20–23 inches (44–58 cm) Weight: 55–70 pounds (25–32 kg) Coat:… Continue reading

Welsh Sheepdog

Welsh Sheepdog Origin: Wales Also known as: Cwn Defaid Cymreig Height at shoulder: 16–23 inches (41–58 cm) Weight: 21–70 pounds (9.5–32 kg) Coat: Short and smooth to medium length Color: Black, black and… Continue reading