Posted : 3/4/2006 9:40:07 AM
Hangin' Tree dogs refers to a particular line of working Australian Shepherds. If you'd like to see some dogs that have that particular ancestry (as mine does), you can see some at [linkhttp://www.pinciecreek.com]www.pinciecreek.com[/link].
There has been some consternation among Aussie stockdog breeders that the original working Australian Shepherd is disappearing. If you look at the show dogs that win today, you will see copiously coated, block-headed, heavy boned dogs, NOT the lithe, medium coated, smallish dogs of yesteryear. They don't have a prayer in the breed ring. In the 60's and 70's photos of show dogs, you still see them, and many working dogs had dual titles, Champion in front of their name, and Working Trial Champion after.
ASCA is the registry that working dogs use, for the most part. AKC for show dogs. Some are dual registered, and there is a move among some breeders to add working lines to their show breeding programs. That may have more to do with trying to eliminate epilepsy from the breed - working lines seem to have less of it.
But people who want stockdogs that can really work cattle (or ducks or sheep) usually pick from working lines like: Hangin' Tree, Slash V, Hardin's, Twin Oaks (but not if they hate barking LOL), Pincie Creek, Copper Canyon, etc.