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Such dogs won’t work with minimal eye in close to sheep, or force calmly. They use eye and break even when working quiet or doughy stock, then rush to force (if they force at all). Drawbacks of dogs with too much break Some dogs with pronounced break can break with too little provocation, such as when holding sheep against a fence. They break off their sheep as soon as the sheep make the slightest move, and hence they are no use at any forcing/holding work. A good dog should show strong ‘block and hold’ when holding and forcing on the head, and only break off if sheep get past it, to retrieve them cleanly.
It is preferable to the dog biting. Bark is also useful when working cattle, if used in moderation at the right moments. For example, when blocking or turning a mob of running cattle (and there can be a lot of momentum in such a mob) the lead or shoulder animals may see the dog but those behind them can be unaware of its presence; a few well-timed barks can alert the entire mob to the dog’s position and so more effectively stop or turn it, as can a couple of welltimed cracks of the whip. The problem with most barking dogs is that the bark is a result of (or associated with) an excitable or ratty temperament, or weakness.
This is vital in the practical working dog. The calm dog will continue to breathe even in tight situations when showing a fair bit of eye, and carry its tail hanging down relaxed, whereas the tense, high-strung dog will clamp its mouth tight shut, and possibly raise its tail. A dog that raises its head when showing eye is also generally weak or tense (like the dog that raises its tail). The following quote from the late C. Brewster Macpherson of Scotland (breeder of the famous Border Collie Macpherson’s Moss, who was imported to Australia), written in the 1920s, gives a good sense of the right type of eye: A ‘strong eye’ is essentially a quality of the border dog – and, so far as working a few sheep in a trial goes, it is useful and attractive.