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To: ffrancone
What human breeders manipulated was neotony. That is, they extended picked wolves who had an extended puppyhood.

Our border collie mix does not really behave like a puppy. What she does is undertake, with considerable bravado, the early part of the hunt, in which the prey, whether toddlers or gerbils, is rounded up. However, once the roundup is complete, she is blessedly innocent as to what is supposed to come next.

As to what human breeders did, is such existed there is absolutely no way to know for sure, although I have given my surmise.

38 posted on 11/21/2002 7:33:24 PM PST by Steve Eisenberg
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To: Steve Eisenberg
By heaping great amounts of affection on our border collies we have managed to (or they have managed to ) train them to want a major affection session each day. In this sense they are not the self sufficient scavengers who could manage a herd for weeks without human help.

They do however manage to herd anything and everything in sight.
40 posted on 11/21/2002 7:42:16 PM PST by KC_for_Freedom
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To: Steve Eisenberg
What she does is undertake, with considerable bravado, the early part of the hunt, in which the prey, whether toddlers or gerbils, is rounded up.

Housecats do this same thing, unless they are taught by their mothers to kill. I had a neutered male cat who, for a dozen years, mothered kittens, teaching them to hunt.

68 posted on 11/22/2002 7:23:51 AM PST by js1138
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