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 Dog's Name
Blue Moon's Winter Knight of Middletree Gender
 Male
 Pedigree link

Dam:  Cedar Creek Bett's First Lady

Sire:  Bett's Middletreefarms SweetBriar 

  Owner Thomas Baughman
 Background

Knight is an intact male born in 2013 and living with his family on a farm in Tennessee.  He works with beef and dairy cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks and dairy goats.  His owner likes his willingness to please, but would like to improve his sensitivity.  He is friendly, but offish with strangers until his owner tells him they're okay.

Knight is the main cattle herder on the farm.  He is an alpha-type dog and livestock respect him.  As a pup, he was trained on a sow that always escaped.  Many of the owner's livestock run free range.  Knight leaves them alone.  He helps to bring in the goats, chickens and ducks to be locked up at night.  Shep is great with baby animals and watches the owner's back with the adult animals.  He is a very good traveler as he goes with his owner in a semi-truck for weeks on end. 

 Summary of Working Traits

Herding Drive:  Works livestock readily

Herding Style:  No preference

Power - Dog's Presence on Stock:  Livestock intensely aware of dog

Ethic - Control Without Abusing Stock:  Aggressive or rough asserting control of stock

Biddability - Responsiveness to Owner:  Very responsive to guidance

Approach - Preferred Distance Off Stock:  Adjusts as necessary

Eye:  Medium (more intense concentration but upright)

Bark:  Barks for stubborn stock

Bite - Frequency:  Sometimes

Bite - Location:  Above hock

Bite - Appropriateness:  As needed

Bite - Intensity:  Adjusts as needed

Orientation:  Livestock second to owner

Territoriality:  Respects boundaries, stays home

Patrol:  Constantly patrols territory

Warning:  Always barks at unusual situations

Defense of Property:  Diligently protects owner's property

Tracking Ability:  Will tract by scent to prey

Pest Control:  Routinely hunts rodents, etc.

Attitude Towards Newborn Stock:  Gently protective nature

 Summary of Structure

Knight has a broad, stocky build with a long tail.  His movement is smooth and effortless with very fast speed. He has excellent ability to maneuver with gravity defying jumping.  His coat is low maintenance and doesn't mat easily.  He has a scissor bite. 

 Summary of Temperament
Knight's behavior towards unfamiliar adults is confident, aloof, but mild.  He is devoted, watchful and affectionate towards his human family.  He has a calm and steady disposition.

 

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