Christoff Vermeulen’s Chrisridogs Border Collies.

Christoff Vermeulen
Cell: 072 4171065
vermeulen.cj@googlemail.com

The Border Collies owned and loved by me are working dogs in heart and soul, they live for two things only, to do what they where bred to do, to herd sheep, and to please their master.
My first Border Collie was a tricoular bitch called Nikie out of the famous Jessie of Faansie Basson. Together we had to learn, Nikkie to herd sheep, and myself to train a Border Collie to herd sheep. Once I had mastered the skill to train and work with my collies my life changed irreversibly. I would never be able to complete my day tasks on our sheep farm in the karoo without a Border Collie by my side again.
More dogs followed after Nikkie, all from Faansie Bassons Alfadogs kennel.
After 5 years with my Alfadogs Border Collies I went to the United Kingdom, to meet with the best handlers and dogs from top working lines. I had the opportunity to over time import 4 of these top UK dogs from Ray Edwards. They are now bred with my Alfa dogs stock.

Our Border Collies are not just for work, we also like the competitive side of life and when we can we, we compete in the SASDA sheepdog trails, hosted around SA. It is a very rewarding sport and very good to be able to compare our dog’s working skills against other working dogs in SA.

The Border Collie is one of the most intelligent of all dogs. The breed has an instinctive desire to work closely and intensely with a human handler and are used on farms to assist with the herding of livestock. This breed are now also becoming increasingly popular as pets and are exceptionally loyal companion animals.
The Border Collie is descended from droving and gathering breeds originating on the Scottish-English and Welsh-English borders, including the Cumberland Sheepdog. Mention of the “Collie” or “Colley” type first appeared toward the end of the 19th century.

In general, Border Collies are medium-sized dogs without extreme physical characteristics and a moderate amount of coat, which means not much hair will be shed. Their double coats can be anywhere from slick to lush, and can come in many colors, although black and white is by far the most common. Black tricolor (black/tan/white or sable and white), red (chocolate) and white, and red tricolour (red/tan/white) also occur regularly.
Eye color varies from deep brown to amber or blue with occasionally one eye of each color. The ears of the Border Collie are also highly variable. In general a dog’s appearance is considered to be irrelevant, it is much more useful to identify a working Border Collie by its attitude and ability than by its looks.

Border Collies require considerable daily physical exercise and mental stimulation.They are happiest with a job to do. However, a job to a border collie isn’t necessarily working livestock. An activity such as Frisbee, chasing and retrieving a ball, or just simply playing chase will also suffice.
At Chrisri our dogs are best suited in their instinctive role – that of a herder. These photos tell their own tale of the dedication, concentration and pride of this unique breed on a task well done.