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 Dog's Name
Margot Gender
 Female
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  Owner

 Rachelle Barr Fourquemin & 

Patrick Fourquemin 

 Background

Margot is an intact female living with her family in Tennessee.  She was born in September, 2012 and introduced to sheep in September, 2017.  This was Margot's first encounter to livestock of any kind.  Caroline Betts worked with Margot in a round pen with three sheep and evaluated her on her performance.  

Margot is a sweet dog with a steady, agreeable personality.  She took the visit to the farm in stride.  She ignored the sheep and looked to her owner to ask what was expected of her.She had three short visits in the round pen.  The first time, Carolin Betts held on to a sheep's hind leg and called for help.  Margot ran to help (never having seen a sheep before in her life and not even knowing Caroline).  As soon as the situation was rectified, she returned to her owner.  After a fifteen minute break, Caroline used a ball to coax her to move around to the back end of the small herd.  When her owner called and positioned correctly, she would drive them.  By the third time, it "clicked".  She would drive the herd using an occasional bark when needed.  If the sheep challenged, she started to gather as well.

What was truly remarkable was that she never looked at the ball the third time in the pen.  She had started to get the hang of what was needed and wanted to fully  participate.  She did not hassle the sheep and only moved in when she was asked to.

Sometimes Margot thinks she knows better than her owners and questions us (not in reference to livestock).  She barks at thunderstorms and doesn't understand why they won't listen to her demand that the "go away." 

 Summary of Working Traits

Herding Drive:  Works readily when needed

Herding Style:  Driving, but did start to gather as well.

Power:  Livestock are intensely aware of and respect dog at all times.  (She relaxed in pen unless asked to work)

Stock Ethic:  Dog maintains control appropriately, without causing undue stress in livestock

Work Ethic:  Somewhat distractible while working

Responsiveness, Biddability:  Somewhat responsive to  guidance, control

Approach:  Close

Eye:  Loose (generally upright posture, free-moving style, less intense focus)

Bark:  Force barks (fairly quiet but readily barks to move stubborn stock)

Bite:  Never

Orientation:  Livestock second to owner

Territoriality:  Respects boundaries, stays home

Patrol:  Patrols territory

Warning:  Always barks to warn of unusual situations

Defense of Property:  Defends owner's property

Defense of People:  Protects owner "watches your back"

Predators:  Will always drive off predators

Pest Control:  Routinely hunts rodents

 Summary of Structure
Margot is of average build with a long tail.  Her movement is smooth and effortless with moderately, fast speed.  She has excellent agility with average jumping ability.  Margot has a low maintenance, good quality coat.  She has a scissors bite.
 Summary of Temperament

Around unfamiliar (non-threatening) adults, Margot is confident, friendly, and sociable.

With her family, she is very devoted, watchful, and affectionate.   She is very active.  Her disposition is calm, steady, and mild.

 

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