What Am I, A Border Collie?

As I mentioned in me last blog I got a DNA breed test prezzie for Christmas. Although the results are not back yet. I am certain I am all Border Collie descended from the great and wise Old Hemp himself who passed away a tad long time ago in the UK. Wikipedia has all the info on him.

The first Border Collie “Old Hemp”

My Humans are of a different opinion. You see I was a rescue dog born in Ireland so I don’t actually know my parents. My Humans guess I’m mostly Border Collie with Greyhound and a dash of Labrador. This I dispute, I aint got no Lab in me mate, just coz I love Human food, that’s dog breed-ism that is! Nor do I have any lanky Greyhound in me either.

Anyway since I won’t have me answer for another few weeks I thought I would ask you guys out there in Internet Land to report what you think I am, just from all me blogs and photos. It’s all just for fun.

A few other things you may not know about me which might help:

  • I love water, even more that catching balls although it’s pretty cool when they combine together…  arv7  I even have slightly webbed feet.
  • I am social with other dogs but prefer concentrating on the sport of ball catching / retrieving when out and about. I make exceptions for Border Collies and some other breeds I deem as “honorary” Border Collies.
  • I don’t usually bark at home although I will fiercely bark at any intruders or Putty Tats crossing a defined perimeter of our house.
  • I am protective of my Human-flock and get pretty upset when they bugger off without me. In the mornings I like to do the rounds of the bedrooms to check in on me Humans and get a quick cuddle from each one.I don’t like early mornings so if possible I get up after 9 am. Later if I am not disturbed.
  • One walk a day is OK, in fact fantastic, any more and I get cranky. I’m basically  like to sleep a lot …
  • I hate fireworks and thunderstorms so New Year and Chinese New Year are no-go outside times and a support cuddle inside time. OK I’m a bit of a wuss bag if I’m honest!
  • It’s my job to inspect everything me Human bring into the house, no exceptions. Check out this old blog for more details.
  • If I am unhappy about something I will make it known to me Humans through judicious pointed comments which my stupid Humans think are moans and groans.
  • I am smart, very smart… I like sitting back and observing everything, especially my Humans, brain the size of a planet… and me Humans keep me as a pet!
  • I love Human food and have very inventive ways of getting it. My favourites are Pate (Waitrose sourced), meat freshly stolen from the BBQ and now this past Christmas I have discovered the yumminess of fruit mince pies. None of which my humans let me have…hence my inventiveness… I wrote this little note a while back on How To Get Human Food for me fellow canines.

I’m not sure how the final DNA Breed Report will list breeds. I found this example online to give me a clue:


but just using simple percentages me and me Humans came up with our guesses:

Me:  100% Border Collie royalty of course.

Boss Human: 80% Border Collie, 15% Greyhound, 5% Labrador

Grumpy Human: 75% Border Collie, 20% Greyhound, 4% Golden Retriever, 1% Cat, it would explain his laziness [What! – R]

Princess Human: 70% Border Collie, 20% Greyhound, 5% Labrador, 5% beagle

Curly Human: 40% Border Collie, 40% Greyhound, 5% Labrador, 5% Golden Retriever, 5% Whippet, 5% Other    [You calling me a mutt Curly? – R]

So what am I?

Tell me what you think? I will reveal the DNA results when they arrive in a few weeks.

Happy New Year










9 thoughts on “What Am I, A Border Collie?

  1. Sounds Border Collie to me Ralph. Well, except for the lazy part and only one walk a day. Really? That may indeed mean you are not 100% dog. That said, I’ve heard rumours of some lazy Border Collies. I just don’t know ’em.

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  2. I’m not sure what you are Ralph but I know for sure you are 100% lovely! We have a lot in common and you are even from over here, are you sure we’re not related! :O I love to sleep too and get tired from my walks as well, it’s tiring work being this awesome, am I right?! Sometimes the humans joke I’m part cat too which I get mightily offended by!

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  3. I think you’re a border collie. Sure thing. I’m excited to learn the results. If you’ve looked at my blog you’ve probably seen my three pups. A Border Collie-St Bernard mix, a Shetland sheepdog, and a black and tan coon hound. All rescues and living it up. I wonder if you’ve gotten your results back by now.

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  4. Interestingly enough I have one “Aldi” border collie i.e. one that came without paperwork or registration to speak of and we bought for next to nothing and brought home in a plastic tub. Turned out she’s not “Aldi” by any stretch – she’s tippety-top sheepdog tackle and has caught the eye of many farmers and triallists.

    On the other hand our second collie is pure-bred, ISDS registered and the son of one of the best sheepdogs in the world. He looks more like a mixed breed, is lazy and couldn’t care less for working sheep.

    Goes to show it’s not all about the titles and registration and regardless of whether Ralph is pure-bred or a mix and match he sounds every bit the Border Collie to me! 🙂


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