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Sheep dogs
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Robert    Posted 12-31-2003 at 16:26:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, looking to get into sheep hearding as a hobbie (Kind'a) and I'm now starting to research "Sheep Dogs", any ideas on what breed is the best?

Thanks

Robert


Sarah    Posted 12-31-2003 at 20:43:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a Shetland Sheepdog(sheltie).
He is a great dog, loves to heard the goats. Lead llamas!
Very Smart!
Thanks,
Sarah


Dell (WA)    Posted 12-31-2003 at 19:36:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Robert.........I raise sheep to train my Australian Shepherd dogs for trials competition against Border Collies, Kelpies, Queensland Blue Heelers, McNabbs, and what ever else the AKC sez are herding dogs.

While the Border Collie is probably the #1 herding dog, they're NOT THE BREED for everyone. They are highly intense about it and need daily work or they become destructive. I like the more relaxed Australian Shepherd.

Also, with a little bit of web searching, you can find books and videos of herding dog training. Something, they didn't have 40 yrs ago when I got my first Aussie.

If'n yer new to dogs or sheep, get an "older" dog from a breed rescue group, (at least they're potty trained and will be semi-trainable). The mature dog will probably not "win" you much but its a win-win for both you and the dog, you'll learn more and love that first dog more than you'll ever imadgine.

I've buried 8 Aussies on my RockyRidge SheepStation and bawled my eyes out over each one. Its a pain that even 6 fingers of Burbon won't take away...........Dell, head shepherd, RockyRidge SheepStation, 15 awesome acres of starvation grass at the foot of 14k Mt Raineer


Robert    Posted 01-01-2004 at 07:46:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
My God !

That sounds so lovely, just like a picture postcard, might you have any pictures ?

Thank you for the great info, I will think about useing Australian Shepherd .

Thanks again
Robert


George    Posted 12-31-2003 at 17:18:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dog is a Catelin Sheepdog. I wouldn't know because I don't have sheep. But, I do believe she is the most intelligent dog I've ever seen. When I'm out working in my Yard or garden, that old gal will pick up tools in her mouth and hand them to me.


KellyGa    Posted 12-31-2003 at 16:39:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
BORDER COLLIES!!!!!!!!!! :)


Dave Munson Mid Illinois    Posted 12-31-2003 at 17:09:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I actually started laughing thinking about my dog. It is in the blood. When she was younger she tried to herd the cats around.

Learn more about the other traits of border collies before you go out and get one. Ours chewed up a half dozen shoes and other things before she grew out of it.


KellyGa    Posted 12-31-2003 at 17:50:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey now, I didn't say they weren't a lot of work. Border collies are extremely smart, and if you don't give them something to do, they will find something to do, and you ususally won't like it, whatever it is. I gave mine chewies from the start. She never chewed anything except those. She had a little plasic basket I got from the dollar store, and she had all her remnants and whole pieces, and an occasional new one in there.

She doesn't herd sheep, as you all know, but she is my best bud, and we do everything together, matter of fact, she goes evrywhere with me. I love my dog so much :)


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