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Landrace - vs - Purebred

The following excerpt is from an article posted at:
.....From this perspective we can see that the primary difference between the Rough Collie and the Old-Time Scotch Collie is that one is the purebred breed and the other is the landrace breed. To be sure there are differences is appearance and temperament between the two breeds, but those differences originate from the different breed selection methods enforced on these dogs. They are from the same root, the indigenous herding dogs of Highland Scotland, and share more in common than in difference. It is also true that not all modern Rough Collies have lost everything that made the old Scotch Collies unique and therefore fall within the acceptable range of the Old-Time Scotch Collie standard. This sort of breeding between Rough Collies and Old-Time Scotch Collies would not be cross-breeding any more than breeding different types of Jack Russell Terriers would be. Since the number of Old-Time Scotch Collies available for breeding is currently quite low (as of this writing there are 54 dogs in the registry and not all of those are even alive), bringing in new blood is critical to survival. Where else can this new blood come from?
Q: My breed is a rare breed, so where am I to go to outcross?

A: [One] way is crossing with a related breed. While there is great reluctance because of the still prevailing “pure race” dog breeding system, this method was of necessity used repeatedly in various breeds. Already after four generations of back breeding, breed type can be nearly restored, so even when greyhounds were crossed with bulldogs, or Boxers with Pembroke Welsh Corgis!
Dr. Hellmuth Wachtel
Diversity FAQs
So we have several potential sources of new breeding stock.
Rough Collies with old fashioned looks and temperament.
Related breeds, of which there are several, English Shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Ovelheiro Gauchoand others.

This outcrossing is in fact not just necessary for our breed’s survival, but is recommended for the health of the breed. Many problems suffered by modern “pure bred” dog breeds are the result of inbreeding, these kinds of genetic diseases can be avoided by maintaining a wide range of genetic diversity.
Last year the time-honored mother of modern pedigree breeding herself, the English Kennel Club, has changed her basic and principal centennial rule: dogs of unknown or “impure” origin are no more absolutely excluded from being registrable if officially admitted! In fact this would not destroy a breed’s characteristics if well planned and followed by back-breeding and appropriate selection. On the contrary, as few as just one strange animal per hundred breeding dogs and generation in a population would very effectively prevent genetic losses and thus counteract the advance of inherited diseases and improve viability, health and general fitness of the breed!
Dr. Hellmuth Wachtel
Breeding Dogs for the Next Millennium
Who knows, maybe some day in the distant future the healthy collie genes in the Old-Time Scotch Collie breed may be able to help the inbred Rough Collies survive, just as Rough Collie blood is currently helping to increase the limited gene pool the Old-Time Scotch Collie.
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