Old Hemp - Progenitor to the Border Collie breed

The Border Collie “Eye”, also called the “Stare”, is a breed characteristic of the Border Collie used to help it maintain order over a flock of sheep. Border Collies would use this intense, strong-eyed stare to help exhibit dominance and unnerve sheep who try and leave the flock or challenge the dog’s authority. This often allowed the Border Collie to get the sheep back in line quickly and without any further escalation.

It was a highly sought after ability which was bred into working Border Collies by shepherds, and one which persists in much of the breed to this day.