A long standing argument between Border Collie owners and the ACK is one of appearance for confirmation in dogs shows. My dog Jin (a Border Collie) would never qualify as a ACK type of dog because his ears do not meet the ACK standard for BCs, he's too long and too tall as well. Then again I've had several dogs turned down by the ACK for similar reasons. Funny that's what we breed BCs for; smart, lanky dogs that can kick sheep butt. Once I found out about that ACK didn't look at intelligence I put them in the same basket as PETA. I won't go into PETA in this post. "Your dog," says the ACK, "does not meet the breed standards for a Border Collie". In other words he doesn't look like a BC, his color is wrong, he stands wrong. I'm, sorry BC's are bred for their smarts not looks. Who the hell are the ACK, a group of people who believe in a visible standard to take on that kind of attitude. If it wasn't for the ACK we wouldn't have dogs that can't breath properly nor would we have Labradoodles or Pink-a-poos or dogs that fit in tea cups. As recently as 200 years ago there were only general breeds in the world, Working dogs, hunters, guarduians etc. Nw there are hundreds of exotic and specialized breeds many, perhaps the majority, of dogs created so people could have laprats. Note: A laprat is not a dog. It serves no useful purpose except to eat and crap in the yard and provde food for hawks, coyotes and other predators. Many of them have genetic problems and puppy mills keep cranking them out with ACK papers increasing the chances of genetic rejects. I know I have one. A rescue Rough Collie out of a puppy mill that's so screwed up she doesn't even know she's a dog. Abby is beautiful, perfect confirmation and stupid with no interest in anything dog. She was bred that way complete with ACK papers to say she's a Gen-u-wine Rough Collie. It should have also said she was complete with genetic problems. If Abby were a properly bred Rough Collie she could tell me where Timmy is. Alas Abby is a Barbie Dog, beautiful, perfect and stupid. Just tryng to teach Abby a down stay was very difficult and after 7 yrs she still doesn't have it down pat. How simple is that to teach; a down stay? Jake the Dobie, another Barbie Dog will at least stay when you tell him to. However Jake too is difficult to teach. He constantly rolls into submission even when rewarded. And don't think I'm comparing them to my BC. That's like doing Apples and PCs. Yet there are Barbie BC's. Jin is not one of them although Polly, the BC down the street is one. A blue ribbon ACK best of breed winner. Only I've never met a BC that doesn't do a proper sheepdog lie-down or crouch or was difficult to train and most importantly has no interest at all in sheep. Polly won't chase balls, Frisbees or sheep. So beware the Barbie Dogs. Pretty, gentle and often times insecure (both Abby and Polly) don't expect much in the way of them being dogs. DefinitionL LapRat A small snarky and yappy dog onh a string with no training.