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Need Help Identifying Dog Breed

I'm hoping someone can help me determine the breed of dog that my grandparents had on their dairy farm in the 1960s-1970s in North Dakota. They bought him as a pup from a local breeder. I've tried to find out locally about the breeder but haven't been able to find anything yet as they're not in business anymore.

 

This dog, Duke, had the coloring/markings of a collie. He was tri-color BUT he had wavy fur. (That's the part that is stumping me to finding out what breed he was.) He also had a bobbed tail. (I think it was bobbed as a pup because he was destined to be a farm dog.) He was probably a little smaller than a Rough Collie, but definitely bigger than a Sheltie.

 

Duke, would help herd the cattle for grandpa and was by his side all day. He was very loyal to Grandpa & loved him (and vice versa). Duke also had a fantastic temperment as he was wonderful with the grandkids and with the cat. He was extremely gentle and super smart.

 

Does anyone have any idea of the breed Duke might've been?? I've asked relatives but nobody is quite sure.

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Perhaps going to a working dog forum and asking this question might yield results. Also a picture would be helpful. It also is possible that the dog was what we call a designer breed aka mutt.

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You might ask @colliegirls and @Kachina624.

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I take it there are no pics of him as that would probably nail it down for you by anyone who knows dog breeds.  By the way, he sounds like one fabulous dog.

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My first thought is Australian Shepherd or a Bernese Mountain dog.

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My grandpa had a border collie on the farm

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@colliegirls wrote:

My first thought is Australian Shepherd or a Bernese Mountain dog.


 

Mine, too. And Australian Shepherd dogs are known for herding cattle. I have some friends who use them in cutting competitions at rodeos.

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English Springer Spaniel or Australian Cattle Dog

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@ChynnaBlue wrote:

@colliegirls wrote:

My first thought is Australian Shepherd or a Bernese Mountain dog.


 

Mine, too. And Australian Shepherd dogs are known for herding cattle. I have some friends who use them in cutting competitions at rodeos.


That's what I initially thought, too. (Australian Shepherd) But can they have wavy fur? I've seen pics of them with curly fur but his definitely wasn't that curly.

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English Springer Spaniel or Australian Cattle Dog


Def. not an English Springer. (I know those dogs.) But can an Australian Cattle dog have wavy fur? Their fur (in pics) is awfully short and they don't seem to have Collie colorings/markings.