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excerpt from The Future of the Working Australian Shepherd
by Dana MacKenzie, Aussie Times Sept/Oct 1993, pp.71-74
One subject I have not mentioned is those
Aussie lines which have recent outcrosses to Border Collies. These lines have
produced some excellent working dogs. The only place there is a problem is in
the trial arena, with these dogs having a distinct advantage due to their mixed
heritage. Our primary breed club, the Australian Shepherd Club of America, has
made no stand on the crossbred dog issue, registering anything received as long
as someone swears they have purebred Aussie parents. This policy does
occasionally make for some very unusual looking registered Australian
Shepherds. Also, it is difficult for individuals to take a stand against
crossbreeding when the parent club has chosen to ignore the issue.
But the question here is preserving the working Australian Shepherd. I will draw no conclusions. These crossbred Aussies eye and creep, show natural distance off their stock, will outrun, and have lots of instinct.