Robert Tainsch

Board Member

I received my first Border Collie in 1956 when I was two years old. My family originated in Scotland, and my dad taught me early there was no better breed of dog on earth. There was a cattle farm adjacent to my childhood home in Rhode Island where I learned the basics of herding (and life) with my tri-colored best friend “Lucky.”

My love of farm life led me to the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Agriculture where I received a B.S. in Animal Husbandry. I began judging livestock (cattle, swine, and sheep) while in college, then worked as a U.S Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines immediately after graduation. I coordinated a cattle artificial insemination program which remains one of the most successful projects established by a Peace Corps Volunteer.

When I returned to the US, I enrolled in a combined Medical and Public Health degree program at Brown and Harvard Universities. I am board certified in Anesthesiology and Critical Care and specialize in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida. My wife Cindy and I are proud parents of 28-year-old twins and 26-year-old triplets, and we currently have five Border Collies at home.

My five children and I have owned or bred approximately 80 Border Collies with agility, conformation, obedience and herding titles. This includes a Border Collie Society of America (BCSA) National Specialty Best of Breed winner and the first Westminster Best of Breed winner. I have attended many herding trials in the U.S. and Great Britain and competed in Herding and Conformation at a BSCA National with my dog “Blu.” I have also bred approximately 50 Golden retrievers with Conformation, Obedience, Hunting and Tracking titles. Over the past 20 years, we have donated more than 50 puppies to assistance dog programs (Canine Companions for Independence, Seeing Eye, Guide Dogs for the Blind) and Search and Rescue organizations in four states. I am a former chairman of the BCSA Judges Education and Health Committees and a founding member of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. I currently serve as an AKC Delegate for the Cedar Rapids Kennel Association and am a member of the Sunshine State Herding Group Association.

I am approved to judge Border Collies, Golden Retrievers and Junior Showmanship and was the first American licensed by the AKC as a Border Collie breeder-judge. I have been involved with judge’s education for about 20 years and my Border Collie lecture/CD is used by many conformation judges.  

Email: Robert Tainsh