Herding Stance

During the 1800’s, shepherds along the Scottish border lands began breeding herding dogs whose “herding stance” closely mimicked that of the wild wolf.  It features the dog’s head and chest low and and horizontal to the ground, while the rear legs are kept higher. This predatory stance served two very practical purposes.  The first is to allow the Border Collie to conserve energy by quickly and easily laying down while not moving.  The second advantage was the stance gave them a predator-like vibe which helped encourage sheep to stay in protective groups, making them easier to herd.   

This stance is unique to the Border Collie among domestic dogs and one of the many reasons why the Border Collie is considered the premiere sheep herder.  It is also the inspiration for our logo.

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