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Popular Paws # 11: Border Collie


July 12, 2010
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Border Collie: “Dog”, from The Footrot Flats (1975-2000)

Footrot Flats was a comic strip written by New Zealand cartoonist Murray Ball. The cartoon was based around the life of Wal Footrot’s Border Collie called “Dog”, on their farm Footrot Flats (hence the title), and the other characters, human and animal, that came into their lives. Dog’s thoughts are voiced in thought bubbles, though he is clearly “just a dog”. The main character of the book, a Border Collie, thinks of himself as tough, but he is really quite soft and often cowardly. He has a real name but despises it and has never allowed anyone to reveal it. Wal always calls him “Dog”, gaining loyal devotion. He is often put to use to guard things or asked to get rid of rats or pigs – which he fails to do. However, he is a competent sheepdog all the same. The cartoon ran from 1975 until 1994 in newspapers around the world, though the unpublished strips continued to be released in book form until 2000. Altogether there are 27 numbered books, a further 8 books collecting the Sunday newspaper strips, 5 smaller ‘pocket’ books and various related publications. There was also a stage musical, an animated feature film called Footrot Flats: the Dog’s (Tail) Tale, and even a theme park in New Zealand. The strip reached its peak of popularity in the mid 1980′s, with the books selling millions of copies in Australasia.

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What Is The Best Dog Breed?


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Well, there are over 150 registered dog breeds. Apart from this, there are those that are purebred and not registered; designer-dogs and so many sizes, colors and temperaments of pavement specials that it is not an easy question to answer. Euro Puppy has done a bit of research. We collected 20 comments and made an analysis at the end of it:

•“It depends on a person who likes the dog…but for me, any breed as long as it makes you feel comfortable and can make it as your best friend.”
•“The Border Collie is a truly great family dog and demonstrably is the most trainable for commands.”
•“The Japanese Akita, besides being fiercely loyal, is definitely the strongest animal to protect your children against stray bears.”
•“A wild mix of a shepherd dog with real wolf, or the coyote with a Keeshond! These wild mixes are truly the most perspicacious (keenly aware) due to their inherent advanced outdoor awareness (with a notably higher neurological brain stem) than any domesticated dog.”
•“If you’re truly an animal lover, it doesn’t matter about which breed is the best.”
•“They are ALL the best.”
•“I have a French bulldog and I love that breed! I am not sure that I will ever have any dog after I lose this one, but if I do, that will be a French bulldog as well.”
•“The best breed of dog for you depends on the distinctive characteristics that are important to you, the amount of time you can dedicate to the dog, the space available for the dog, your patience, type of food you lavish on the dog etc. Always think long-term when looking for a dog. A puppy that you have today will have different needs when it grows up. If you live in a apartment don’t choose a energetic dog like a lab retriever. These dogs need lots of exercise and a decent amount of space to move around.”
•“Golden Retrievers. They have everything Labradors have but are better looking with shinier fur!”
•“Labradors. They’re super friendly, playful, easy to train, and friendly with children. They’re also cute, and are a lot more fun than little Paris Hilton-ish purse dogs.”
•“Weiners! They’re Hilarious.”
•“How big is your house? How big is your family? Do you have children? These and many other questions need to be answered to pick the right dog breed. However, a dog’s personality is not only due to its breed, and mixes are usually better for many reasons. Go by a shelter and ask around. They will help you pick the best dog for your situation.”

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•“I have a Beagle and a Jack Russell. The Jack Russell is very energetic. If you can handle that, they are very loyal and very loving dogs. The Beagle I have is very calm and will keep my Jack Russell busy when he is bored. I wouldn’t ever just have a Jack Russell without another dog that is a calm dog.”
•“I think you should go to the local supermarket and buy the cutest stuffed puppy you can find. No poop, no chewing, no begging.”
•“A Yorkshire terrier. They are hard to potty train but after that they can be some of the best dogs.”
•“The best “breeds” are mutts. They suffer none of the inbreeding weaknesses of purebreds, such as the common hip problems of German Shepherds and other large dogs, or the nervous yapping of small dogs. Mutts rule!”
•“Beagles are the absolute best. They are very loyal to their owners, yet are inquisitive and will follow the scents of anything that intrigues them. You must want a dog that has his own personality and treat them with respect and quite a lot of discipline, and you will not be disappointed.”
•“I like Dalmatians. They are so cute and have a wonderful personality.”
•“Personally, I prefer the English Springer Spaniel. However, every breed has its good points and it’s bad. It is important to find a breed that you like. I would suggest reviewing the good and bad points of different breeds.”
•”Many people nowadays go to rescue places to get a dog. A Friend of mine rescued a purebred greyhound that had outlived his usefulness as a racing dog, so was going to be put to sleep. He loves the dog, and the dog adjusted quickly to the family, including two boys about 5 and 8. They don’t shed much, and are kind of big, but not threatening.”

So What is the bottom line? There was no one same answer. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder it seems. Why? Well….it all depends on:

-your personality and temperament
-your needs
-your taste
-your lifestyle
-your place of residence
-your health
-your age

All dogs are precious and every single breed can make your life special. Just look around first; research them and choose the one that makes your smile the widest. At Euro Puppy we have an extensive list of breed infos that can help you answer the question the best.

So….what is your favorite dog breed?

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