No such thing as a Welsh collie so may not be a proper Welsh sheepdog you have? But as said before, good, bad and indifferent workers in every breed.Iv got one about six years old super with three young children and great pet, would rather go off chasing butterflies than do any stock work, useless!!
We have a Welsh collie cross hunterway super dog, always wants to please very gently with sheep, great with voice only ever barks when working.
There are a fair few dogs from Wales advertised as welsh sheepdogs, couple of decent Facebook pages for the breed now where the committee can advise if a dog is the real thing.No such thing as a Welsh collie so may not be a proper Welsh sheepdog you have? But as said before, good, bad and indifferent workers in every breed.
Did you try putting on a dodgey Welsh accent? My dog I bought off a dodgey looking Welshman was fudgeing useless until I started shouting at it in a dodgey welsh accent now I couldn’t cope without her just get a few dodgey looks...Dad went and bought a pup from a very convincing Welshman a while ago. Apparently they are bred only from working dogs so they train themselves, it’s just in ‘em see.
Dad used to take her with him round the cows all the time, and she was always bobbling round the yards with him. She never did do anything half useful though, not showing any interest in any stock, and could best be described as about as useful as tits on a bull.
She was a lovely character though, and has made a good companion for him in the last few years. Sadly she died a few months back, leaving a big hole.
As far as working dogs go, I dare say they are as variable as collies or any other breed. There will good, bad and downright infuriating in all of them.
Less of the dodgy!Did you try putting on a dodgey Welsh accent? My dog I bought off a dodgey looking Welshman was fudgeing useless until I started shouting at it in a dodgey welsh accent now I couldn’t cope without her just get a few dodgey looks...
For shetlands you need a .243.We’ve had Welsh reds in the family as pets for a few years, with the latest acquired this December. This was swapping over from Borders. We’re farming adjacent though, so do feel the odd twinge of guilt they don’t get to work sheep. My observation is they have many common collie characteristics beyond the obvious shape and look. The instinct to circle, nip at toddlers etc, similar athleticism, similar desire to associate with humans over other dogs. But different to Borders in the stronger bodies, less eye as many have said, more vocal, don’t creep quite as well. My outlaws and I have guessed maybe the stronger frame for cattle work means the gap in the shoulder blades is a a bit more restricted than in Borders. They also seem less prone to obsession with objects. Admittedly this is all off a small sample size.
I wondered given their dual use with cattle, until more recently, whether they’d be suited to working something primitive like Shetlands? I’ve ready many a Shetland post on here say you need ‘a good dog’, a ‘grippy, catchy dog’, ‘a dog with strong eye won’t do’.