Working and Herding Collectibles
A “collectible” is defined as something considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique). For those of us in the world of purebred dogs, almost anything relating to our breed might, therefore, be considered worthy. Typical collections include books, cards, chromolithographs, decorative items, drawings, etchings, jewelry, lithographs, paintings, postage stamps, postcards, prints, sculpture and wearable art, or any combination thereof!
Of the 49 Working and Herding breeds and varieties currently recognized by the American Kennel Club, 18 rank below Number 100 (of 164 breeds) in registrations through 2009. The rarity of these breeds makes it even more exciting that so many different collectibles can now be readily acquired for each and every breed.
Before the Internet, breed-specific items might have taken months to find, and it was often only through hearsay that a collector would find out about the existence of a specific item, never mind its availability. These days, however, the world of collectibles is only a few keystrokes away. A Google search provides many options, and eBay currently lists more than 150,000 items daily in a simple search for “dog” in its collectibles section!
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