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get to know me: [1/25] romantic relationships >> stiles & lydia (teen wolf)

“Those two…they’re pretty good together. No super strength or samurai swords, but they stay alive. He still likes her doesn’t he? Yeah. But it’s different now. You should’ve seen the way he used to be around her. You know Lydia used to pretend not to be smart? Stiles was the only one who knew. How? He payed attention. He listen to her. He remembered.”

*cries because school gets in the way of the one thing I actually care about right now: dan and phil*

anonymous asked:

I have a really tough time distinguishing border collies from Australian shepherds. Especially when they aren't their "stereotypical" colors (b&w bc, blue merle aussie). If you ever feel up to it could you make a post explaining their differences?

Sure! They can definitely be hard to distinguish, especially since they actually come in a lot of the same colors, and border collies can have pretty dramatic appearance changes but still be considered registered collies.

Colors

Like I said, if we’re talking straight colors, the two overlap a lot; here are some charts to help out:

Australian Shepherd

This breed sports a rich variety of attractive colours. The Australian Shepherd may be blue merle, red merle, black, red – all with or without white markings and/or tan point

 – taken from CKC’s Aussie standard

Border Collie

The Border Collie comes in many colours and colour combinations. The most common is black with white markings on the collar, blaze, stockings and tail tip. However, dogs may be a solid colour (with the exception of all white), bi-colour, tri-colour, merle or sable. 

– taken from CKC’s BC standard

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In essence, they basically come in the same colors, just some are more common in one breed than in another (and the BC, overall, has more color variety). This can get especially confusing, like you said, when you get something like, say, a black and white working aussie or a merle show border collie; they’ll each look like each other…

Which was which again? Uh oh!

Show Conformation

The Aussie standard calls for a slightly larger dog, asking for adult males to be 20-23 in (51-58 cm) at the withers, with females being a bit smaller. Their coat is longer than a collie’s, ranging from medium to long and should be flat or a bit wavy; they’re also to have a sort of “mane” around the neck with fur that’s somewhat thicker. Standard also calls for bobbed tails, which can either be naturally bred for or docked (the bobtail gene in aussies is lethal, so just like merle dogs you can’t breed two bobbed tails together; therefore, the ones with long tails have theirs docked at birth if they’re to be to standard). In show dogs, this will be the easiest way to tell apart a BC and an aussie in my opinion

For the Border Collies, they’re meant to be a little smaller with adults in the 18-22 in (46-56 cm) range. Their coats can either be short throughout the entire body with feathering on the back of the elbows/tail, or they can be longer like an Aussie’s, either flat or a little wavy. Their tails are to be kept long!

Show Conformation Comparison

When looking at the two side by side here, you can see that the aussie is slightly larger and looks a bit more square than the collie. Obviously you’ve got the bobtail on the aussie and the natural on the other, and you can also see that the aussie’s ears drop a bit more fully, while a collie’s drop at the ends but are more upright. The border collie also has a slightly thinner muzzle. Aussies always look like they’re standing a bit straighter and taller in stack to me, as well.

Working Conformation

This is where Hell starts. Why? Cause everybody looks the same. At this point, in my opinion, you kind of have to go on a dog-by-dog basis; some working line breeders will still breed to standard, however some also don’t care and just want a highly effective dog regardless of what it looks like. Border Collies, from what I’ve seen, vary MUCH more widely than aussies as far as working lines go, so much that some BC’s dont even really look like BCs but just cattledog mixes (and some of them are, IIRC; I believe that as long as a dog vaguely resembles a BC, it can be registered as such under some breed clubs? don’t quote me on that). However, let’s give it a try anyway

So working line aussies don’t necessarily have bobtails anymore, and many keep their long tails. The ears are not consistently half dropped as they were, either, and a lot of dogs will get rose ears (like the B&W below) or full pricked ears (like the red tri below), though I don’t think I’ve personally seen a lot of full pricks on aussies, usually half drops or rose. The body still looks a little squarer compared  to the collies which we’ll look at below

Working collies still always have full tails (obviously), and now their ears defy both science and gravity and do whatever they want. Their bodies are pretty thin and lanky, and I think its working collies in particular that are known for having them crazy eyes and staring down anything that moves (though im sure the show lines have these too, but we all know working line anything is gonna be intense).

In Conclusion

I TRIED! I gave you all the aces up my sleeve, anon, I hope some of them helped! If any of my more sheepdog-savvy followers know more ways to tell them apart, feel free to reblog and add info!

Images not mine!