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 Dog's Name
Sweet Home Farm's Whistle Gender
 Male
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Dam:  DiamondW Clare

Sire:  DiamondW Shep 

  Owner Carla Green & Michael Polen
 Background

Whistle is an intact male born in 2009.  He lives with his family on a farm in Oregon.  He works with beef cattle, flighty sheep and goats.  His owners like that Whistle is keen to work, biddable, and calm around stock. He will back off is stock are concerned he is too close, but will stand up to stock that challenge him.  He is powerful, but calm, so stock respond very well to him.  He converts to sheep and goats readily aftern working only cattle.

Whistle came to live with his family when he was five years old and had worked only cattle.  His owners have just begun formal training with him where he works with sheep and goats.  As a chore dog, he couldn't be better.

 Summary of Working Traits

Herding Drive:  Works livestock readily

Herding Style:  No preference

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

Ethic - Control Without Abusing Stock:  Fails to control stock

Biddability - Responsiveness to Owner:  Very responsive to guidance

Approach - Preferred Distance Off Stock:  Close

Eye:  Loose (upright posture, less intense focus)

Bark:  Barks for stubborn stock

Bite - Frequency:  Sometimes

Bite - Location:  Heel

Bite - Appropriateness:  As needed

Orientation:  Livestock second to owner

Territoriality:  Respects boundaries, stays home

Patrol:  Patrols territory

Warning:  Barks to warn of unusual situations

Defense of Property:  Defends owner's property

Tracking Ability:  Will tract by scent to prey

Pest Control:  Routinely hunts rodents, etc.

Attitude Towards Newborn Stock:  Neutral in behavior

 Summary of Structure
Whistle is broad and stocky with a natural bobtail.  His movement is smooth and effortless with very fast speed.  He has excellent ability to maneuver with exceptional jumping ability.  His coat is low maintenance that doesn't mat easily.  He has a scissor bite.
 Summary of Temperament
Whistle is confident and shows friendly interest towards unfamiliar adults.  He is devoted, watchful and affectionate towards his human family.  He has a fairly active lifestyle with a calm, somewhat impulsive and soft disposition.

 

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