Glossary

Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd Glossary of Terms

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Blankenship Line
The Blankenship breeding program spanned four decades. John and Pauline Blankenship were master farmers, respected community leaders, and arguably the most prolific breeders of English Shepherds in the history of the breed. Mr. and Mrs. Blankenship’s influence on the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd cannot be overstated. It is difficult to find an Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd in existence today who’s lineage does not go back to the Blankenships’ dogs.
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Catch dog
A catch dog is used in hunting to catch large animals, or in ranching to work unruly livestock. As hunters, catch dogs are contrasted with bay dogs who corner prey animals and alert their handler by barking or baying. As livestock dogs, catch dogs use their strength and determination to immobilize large animals so that they can be captured, or literally hogtied, by the dog’s handler. The practice of using catch dogs has been employed by stockmen, hunters, butchers and farmers since at least the days of ancient Rome.
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Diversity
Often there is a misunderstanding of what is meant by valuing diversity in the breed; the diversity valued is in non-essential (not breed-defining) traits, diversity does not mean “anything goes”.  A good English Shepherd should be a dog of solid character, capable of working stock, reliable with family members, loyal to their owner. It isn’t valuing diversity to brush aside those requirements.  The “nurturing” dog that can’t move your stock or the “alligator” dog that kills your stock are both lacking essential qualities. 
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Farmcollie Movement
The farmcollie movement influenced the English Shepherd breed community via internet lists, AWFA, and the vocalness of its proponents.  Since this all coincided with the breed coming out of a pretty severe bottleneck, it skewed what was being bred and it influenced a lot of new breeders.  So now, black and tans are in a relatively more precarious place than some of the other parts of the breed. 
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Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd
The Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd is a medium sized, strongly-built, active dog. Shep is affectionate, intelligent, naturally obedient, not quarrelsome or possessive, but of great courage and extremely faithful. Shep is not easily excitable and is usually dignified in manner. A natural born working dog, the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd has the stamina and courage it takes to pen the wildest cattle. They are also used for hunting dogs as they can kill animals much larger than themselves, and always attack animals from the rear. They have also been found extremely valuable as guards and watchdogs.
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