“Our job as breeders is preservation, not innovation.” (Dr. Edna K. Martin).
“Traits that contribute to the dog doing his job (as in the original job description) are virtues; traits that interfere with the dog doing his job are faults. (Patricia Trotter, long time AKC judge)
Every breeder should seriously consider Dr. Martin's and Patricia Trotter’s words when examining their purpose in breeding Bearded Collies. Is it to have the next leading conformation Beardie? Is it to produce pups with great temperament that fit well into a pet home? Is it to retain and produce dogs with working talent and instinct?
BeaCon encourages all breeders and prospective buyers of puppies to consider these questions. How else do you learn whether the desired endpoint has been achieved?