dandy is a curiosity: he's from a farm, working dogs for the past 40yrs when the family moved over from i think it was wales or something. definitely UK for all they're french-canadian now (the old ppl didn't speak it, but their children were fluent in "fringlish" and their kids and grandkids are fluently french/english bilingual).
anyway, the mother is a "typical" border collie - smooth coat with long feathers, black and white, and *tiny*, about 27lbs. the father is the other kind, still black and white but he looked like a panda bear with the thick rough coat and stubbier face and weighed over 50lbs, maybe closer to sixty.
she had 11 puppies - 3 of them died right away. of the rest, two of them, dandy and the only female, looked like crows in the nest: they were 3x the size of the others and mostly black with white (the female) or trout speckled (dandy) tuxedo markings (the spots on his belly faded, now it's only his feet). at 2wks of age, the mother took the two biggest and moved them to the other side of the room. the farmer put them back in with the others only to find them out again a few hours later. he figured she was rejecting them and was going to put them down but his daughter pitched a fit and called my bff who still runs the pet rescue we started many years ago. she called me and asked if i still wanted a purebred female border collie.
so she shows up at my house with this little black scrap of fluff and i'm looking at it thinking "that doesn't look like a border collie?" ... and, upon examination, "and i see she's brought the wrong accessory package, too..."
what he looks like - until he's in action - is more like a flat-coated retriever.
so it gives hours of entertainment:
IS he a purebred, but a throwback to some distant ancestor?
does gramma have some 'splainin' to do?
did mama party a little too hearty that wkend?
who knows - i could get a DNA done but where's the fun in that? he acts like a border collie, he moves like a border collie (when he runs, it's like a dolphin swimming, he's so liquid in action), he's certainly smart enough, capable of logical thought and extrapolation, and his physical abilities are off the hook so as far as i'm concerned, a BC he is!