|Barked: Thu Nov 15, '12 2:59pm PST |
|Here are the basics, for you Kolbe, as these have a similar functional root but as also quite different. I am going to use words here that are ONLY IN COMPARISON of the two breeds, not amongst dog breeds generally, so keep that in mind.
Collies are more trainable....remember, I said in COMPARISON! Berners are very trainable, but sort of lazy, can be a wee bit hard to motivate. Collies LIVE to train and do what you say. They are one of the most ready pupils, will do the same thing in the same spot with the same enthusiasm for the ten millionth time five years after they learned it. Very praise oriented, very motivated towards this.
Berners are more chill and are the more stable breed. Collies have more of a nervous energy...remember, I said in COMPARISON! Both of these are very responsible dogs, concerned about their homesteads and those within them. Collies tend to fret more about such issues than a Berner does. If you were to come home from a crappy day at work and just need a good cry, a Berner may wander over and put his head gently on your lap, whereas the a Collie is more "oh....my....GOSH she's CRYING, this is just AWFUL!" I find that charming. I have wanted a Collie forever, but I don't think it's fair to have one simply because I am a stormer. I may walk around the house saying "now where the hell did I put that stupid THING!," which my dogs find entertaining, as do they my rather impassioned debates, etc. It's just not a connect. I am not saying a Berner would be great for me either, but Collies do tend to fret.
Collies are more sparkling. I generally like THIS VIDEO to show life with a Collie. Neither breed is good if you don't vibe on a breed that is into you, but you grew up with Collies and love Pit Bulls....if that bugged you, you'd be a cat lady by low But if you love that PB vibe, you would definitely connect more, still, with the Collie.
Berners can have their problems, but Collies are more of a trap. Berners are appreciably the more stable breed and are more reliable. This matters less because you plan to rescue, but it still needs to be said. Collies do not cotton to their entire family leaving for the day. They are in parts ill suited to this more recent culture. SA some say, but actually more natural behavior....it's just not for them, and they can get neurotic and barky, for their job is to watch over you, and it can make them fretful when they cannot do that. Collies bark a LOT more than Berners generally.
With all that, one more special comment as you grew up with Collies and I know them well. Collie SPECIFIC, don't care what breed you are talking about, they have this uncanny perception, almost a sixth sense, to know what is going on in the underlayers. Perhaps you remember that. That wise soul, almost jarring, perception. That is in this breed's ownership.
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