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Old 10-28-2011, 05:25 PM
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Default Australian Shepherd vs. Border Collie

Someone asked me a question on another site, and I am not sure how to answer, as I do not know much about Border Collies as a breed...

"So.....This may be a stupid question, but what's the difference between a Border Collie and an Aussie?
Because to me Bounty looks like a Border collie, and Kayla [link] looks like a Aussie.

I thought Aussies had bigger builds, and ears that sat down, and Border collies had smaller builds and ears that stand up."

Here are the photographs the person was speaking of:

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Old 10-28-2011, 08:35 PM
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Maybe help them out with a little bio on the personality differences? lol

"The Border Collie is energetic, intelligent, keen, alert, and responsive. An intense worker of great tractability, it is affectionate towards friends but may be sensibly reserved towards strangers. When approached, the Border Collie should stand its ground. It should be alert and interested, never showing fear, dullness or resentment. Any tendencies toward viciousness, nervousness or shyness are very serious faults.

The dog's temperament must be sensitive enough to bend its will when asked, tough enough to stand up to the pressures of training, eager to learn, with enough confidence and determination to carry on with its work without constant guidance. Some Border Collies are reserved rather than outgoing, but they must love to work with and for the master."

AUSSIE: The Australian Shepherd is primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. He is an intelligent, exceptional companion. He is versatile and easily trained: performing his assigned tasks with great style and enthusiasm. He is reserved with strangers but does not exhibit shyness.
This unusually versatile stockdog works upright and close, with the power and quickness to control difficult cattle as well as the ability to move sheep without unnecessary roughness. Although an aggressive, authoritative worker, viciousness toward people or animals is intolerable"

I've heard.



TO A LOT of people, aussies are all blue merle and border collies are all black and white. which I guess is where the confusion might have stemmed from

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Old 10-28-2011, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Fran101 View Post

This pretty much sums up the difference to me, LOL.

Aussies with tails are becomming more popular, I think, I've seen a handful of them.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:51 PM
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Ahhh! Where do you get an aussie with a tail!? That's freakin' adorable!
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:11 PM
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And a beautiful tail it is, too!
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:44 PM
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A lot of Aussie sport breeders are leaving the tail now from what I've seen. There are a lot of people who believe it plays a big part in balance (no idea myself if it is true, just what I am told).

The answer I've been told to the questions is "An Aussie takes nothing seriously; a Border takes everything seriously." Obviously a simplistic generalization...but I find it tends towards the truth!

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Old 10-28-2011, 11:49 PM
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Correction: Aussies take few things seriously, but when they do--watch out!

There are differences in builds; Aussies tend to have more of an upright stance to go along with their upright, loose-eyed herding style. They will "crouch and stalk" but it's not the cat-like slink associated with Border Collies. Aussies typically tend to be a bit more solid-boned than BC's, probably because they needed to have the solidity needed to take cows head-on.
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Old 10-29-2011, 02:27 PM
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Aussies are heavier built (usually), maybe not compared to show type border collies but I'll just talk about working type dogs.

Head shape is usually quite different. Border collies a bit more pointy, Aussies a bit more solid and blocky.

Border collies stare and slink, Aussies don't really do it.

Aussies are barkier and goofier than BCs.

Edit: and the tail, a lot of Aussies are born with natural bobtails or half tails while it's not common at all in BCs.

Contrast the head shape and stance of this dog compared to the first Aussie you posted.

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Old 10-29-2011, 02:33 PM
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Working line Aussies can be really small. I've known some of each breed that you really cannot tell just by looking at them standing still. The movement usually gives you a better idea.

I have to say that I absolutely love the tailed look in Aussies.

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Old 10-31-2011, 10:55 AM
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I agree with who said most people think of Aussies are blue merles and BCs as black and white. Though they both come in a variety of colors.

I prefer Aussies over BCs, since I've been around Aussies my whole life, and BCs just part of my life, I personally know the physical/temperament differences. I prefer Aussies WAY over BCs.
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