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 Dog's Name
Shepherd's View Sidhe of Quibeyn
 Gender
 Female
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Dam:  Gracie Mae of Shepherd's Way

Sire:  Good Shepherd's Hallelujah Rudolph

  Owner Jan Gribble
 BackgroundSidhe (pronounced She) is a four-year old intact female living on a farm in New Mexico.  Sidhe works with sheep, goats, and poultry.  She is biddable and has a lot of natural instinct.  She put an escaped goat back (without assistance) at about five months of age.  Sidhe is resilient and will continue to work even after a ewe has put her in a fence.  She has enough grit to stand up to a ewe with lambs.  Sidhe will chase off predators (which her owner discourages because she is smaller than the coyotes in her area).  She has a very stable temperament.  Her less desirable traits are diminishing with age and experience.  She was initially very "enthusiastic" but has learned to rate herself (most of the time).  Sidhe requires more direction than the owner's older stock dog (but this again may simply be a product of less experience).  She does not exhibit a great deal of prey drive and is not effective at varmint control.  While Sidhe initially barked continuously on stock, this has diminished as she has gained experience and confidence.  Now, she mostly barks when necessary.
 Summary of Working Traits

Herding Drive:  Works livestock readily when needed

Herding Style:  No preference

Power - Presence to Livestock:  Livestock generally respect dog

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

Work Ethic:  Stays with the job, maintains focus and will work independently if necessary (ex: returning escaped animals to pasture or pen)

Responsiveness, biddability:  Very responsive to guidance, control

Approach:  Close, but adjusts as necessary

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

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

Bite Frequency:  Seldom

Bite Appropriateness:  Bites as needed

Bite Intensity:  Adjusts as needed

 

Orientation:  Primarily interested in livestock but listens to owner

Territoriality:  Respects boundaries, stays home

Patrol:  Seldom patrols territory

Warning:  Always barks to warn of unusual situations

Defense of Property:  Does not attach importance to owner's property

 

Defense of People:  Tends to be laidback

Tracking Ability:  Shows little interest in tracking

Predators:  Will always drive off predators

Attitude Towards Newborn Livestock:  Neutral in behavior

Pest Control:  Shows no interest in pest control

 

 

 Summary of Structure
Sidhe is of average build with a long tail.  She has smooth, effortless movement.  She is very fast with excellent maneuverability and exceptional jumping ability.  Her coat is low maintenance, good quality and she has a scissors bite. 
 Summary of Temperament
Around unfamiliar (non-threatening) adults, Sidhe is confident, friendly and mild.  She is devoted and watchful towards her human family.  Sidhe's disposition is very calm, steady, and soft.

 

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