Hmmm ... that's amazing. If their dogs are so wonderful, aren't the breeders doing something right? Why wouldn't they want one just like their wonderful other dog? Speaks volumes, doesn't it?
But the first thing the moderators like to do is ... moderate. They are some sort of deity and have the power to deny a person their first amendment right to free speech. I like my blog. If someone doesn't like what I have to say, they don't have to read it. But I can say it.
So, when I mention that Barbies and Border Collies are two separate breeds, that, too, is SO offensive that it must not be discussed because people will get themselves in a tizzy. But ... there's research that shows that -- genetically -- it's happening.
From Canine Behavioral Genetics:
"Unrooted phylogenetic network constructed by Bayesian analysis, based on 4200 SNPs spread evenly across the canine genome. Blue = German Shepherd Dogs, purple = Portuguese Water Dogs, green = Australian Shepherds, pink = show Border Collies, red = working Border Collies.
To conduct proper studies of association between genes and behavior, we must first check for "stratification" (population substructure) within our breed samples. This is a question of immediate concern in breeds that are "split," or contain subpopulations that are bred for very different purposes. If we do not account for such structure before conducting association analyses, it is possible to obtain spurious associations between genotypes and behavior that reflect breed splits (such as show vs. working) rather than actual functional significance.
We included a small number of kennel club registered show Border Collies (primarily of Australasian breeding) in our Border Collie sample for genotyping, the remainder of which was made up of ISDS and ABCA (working registries) registered dogs. Our phylogenetic, clustering, and principal components analyses all suggest a genetic split within the breed between working and show Border Collies that is probably as large as the genetic distances between some breeds. We hope to collect samples from more geographical regions, and from different populations of Border Collies (working, show, and sport), to further explore these findings."
I would be interested in finding out if more samples were collected, and what they show.