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 Dog's Name
 Good Shepherd's Blacksheep Ivy
 Gender
 Female (Deceased)
 Pedigree link
 ESCR, UKC
 Owned By
 Amy Dorsch
 BackgroundIvy is an intact female, born in 2006 and evaluated at 2 years of age. She lives on a small diversified farm and works as a chore dog, helping out with goats, sheep (heavy), ducks and other poultry, and the occasional steer, as well as keeping an eye on the activities of a large and busy family.

Ivy is an ethusiastic and willing partner with a happy, affectionate nature. She can be a little headstrong at times.
 Summary of Working Traits
Keenness/ Drive -- works readily when needed
Style -- balanced, without apparent preference for either gathering or driving
Power -- livestock are intensely aware of, and respect, Ivy

Stock Ethic -- generally maintains control appropriately; occasionally comes on a bit too strong
        before settling down to work
Work Ethic -- stays with the job, maintains focus

Biddability -- somewhat responsive to guidance and control
Approach -- close
"Eye" -- loose, with an upright posture and free-moving style
Bark --force barks
Bite -- bites as needed, typically above the hock

Orientation -- livestock generally come second to focus on owner
Territoriality -- generally respects boundaries and stays at home
Patrol -- patrols territory
Warning -- always barks to warn of unusual situations
Defense of property -- staunchly defends owner's property
Defense of people -- alert and responsible in watching over owner
Tracking ability -- will track by scent
Predators -- drives off predators
Attitude towards newborns -- shows gentle, nurturing attitude
Pest control -- hunts rodents

 Summary of Structure

Ivy has an average build with a long tail and correct scissors bite. She has excellent speed and agility, and average jumping ability. Her coat is of good quality, requiring little maintenance.

 Summary of Temperament
Ivy is moderately confident and willing to socialize with visitors; she is very devoted and affectionate with family. She is calm, fairly steady, and moderately soft in disposition.

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