Actually, it was quite surprising that Old Hemp was this talented. His father—Roy—was
a nice dog, but did not posses special talent for herding sheep. His mother—Meg—on
the contrary was such an intense worker that she hypnotised herself instead of
the sheep. Thus Old Hemp was a typical example of a dog inheriting all the good
characteristics of its parents without being burdened by their bad habits.
the eight years of his life, Old Hemp was a very popular stud dog, supposedly he
fathered more than 200 dogs and an unknown number of bitches. A scary high
number of offspring, and thus most current Border Collies are somehow
descendants of Old Hemp. A factor adding to the success of Old Hemp as stud dog
is the fact he passed on his characteristics to his offspring very well. Many of
them became successful trial dogs.