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 Dog's Name
Eleanor Rigby Gender
 Female
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Dam:  Snow Rivers Fair Bonnie

Sire:  Shepherd's Way Marlow 

  Owner Carrie Popp
 Background

Ellie is an intact female born in 2012.  She lives with her family on a small farm in Oregon.  Ellie works with chickens and rabbits and in previous years, ducks.  Ellie has had several years of herding lessons with sheep.

Her owner likes Ellie's natural drive to work.  Ellie wants to be involved and is enthusiastic about daily tasks. Her owner also likes Ellie's gentle, kind nature and her good authority over stock.  She would like to improve Ellie's experience working with stock in tight places.

Ellie's herding teacher has this to say:  "Ellie is a great example of typical English Shepherd working style.  She shows nice enthusiasm to her work, is keen and focused on her work.  She shows ability to wear, flank and cover sheep.  Her temperament is very biddable and she has nice desire to please.  Ellie shows good authority over the livestock, while also showing self control and restraint wile working them.  She is gentle, but has the strength to move them."  Trudy Viklund 

 Summary of Working Traits

Herding Drive:  Works livestock readily

Herding Style:  Gathering (Naturally attempts to head/off move to handler)

Power - A Dog's Presence on Stock:  Livestock generally respects dog

Ethic - Control Without Abusing Stock:  Controls appropriately without undo stress to stock

Biddability-Responsiveness to Owner:  Very responsive to guidance

Approach-Preferred Distance Off Stock:  Adjusts as necessary

Eye:  Loose (upright posture, less intense focus)

Bark:  Barks for stubborn stock

Bite-Frequency:  Seldom

Orientation:  Generally livestock to owner

Territoriality:  Respects boundaries, stays home

Patrol:  Doesn't usually patrol territory

Warning:  Sometimes ignores unusual situations

Pest Control:  Seldom hunts for rodents, etc.

Attitude Towards Newborn Stock:  Gently protective nature

 Summary of Structure
Ellie is average build with a long tail.  Her movement is smooth and effortless with very fast speed.  She has excellent ability to maneuver with average jumping ability.  Ellie's coat is low maintenance and doesn't mat easily.  She has a scissor bite.
 Summary of Temperament
Ellie is cautious but friendly towards unfamiliar adults.  She is devoted, watchful and affectionate towards her human family.  Her activity level is moderate.  Her disposition is calm, steady and soft.

 

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