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 Dog's Name
Goochland's Sweet Sparkler (Eva) Gender
 Female
 Pedigree link
Beebe's Royal Sparky x Goochland's Honey Weiss  OwnerShel Hazlett-Gooch
 Background

Eva is a tri-colored female born in 2009 and evaluated at the age of three.  She lives on a farm in Wisconsin where she works sheep and chickens.  Eva is very good at evaluating the stock situation and using just enough pressure when needed.  She is an independent thinker who would rather do "her" will than the owner's.  The owner would like to improve on this.

Eva is very interested in rules regardless of where she is.  At the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, she was with her owner laying in front of one of their pens of sheep.  A neighboring pen was opened to show a little girl a lamb.  The lamb charged and Eva jumped up and put herself between the little girl and the lamb.  When everything was under control, she returned to lay down.  At the same festival, a ram on the opposite side of the barn started banging his gate to get out.  Eva ran to his pen, barked in his face, got him to back off, and then came back and laid down.  She was interested in anything else going on but making sure the sheep behaved.  Eva loves children and allows them to pet her and even snuggle up.  

 Summary of Working Traits

Herding Drive:  Works livestock readily.

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

Power:  Livestock generally respects dog.

Stock Ethic:  Controls appropriately without undo stress to stock.

Responsiveness/Biddability:  Somewhat responsive to guidance.

Approach:  Adjusts as necessary.

Eye:  Loose (Upright posture, less intense focus).

Bark:  Barks for stubborn stock.

Bite Frequency:  Seldom.

Bite Location:  Above hock.

Bite Appropriateness:  Reluctantly when needed. 

Bite Intensity:  Adjusts as needed.

Orientation:  Primarily interested in livestock.

Territoriality:  generally respects boundaries, stays home.

Patrol:  Patrols territory.

Warning:  Usually barks to warn of unusual situations.

 Defense of Property:  Defends owner's property.

Tracking Ability:  Does not track much.

Attitude Towards Newborns:  Gently protective nature.

Pest Control:  Will hunt rodents. 

 Summary of Structure

Eva is a light, leggy built dog with a long tail.  She moves smoothly and effortlessly.  Eva has excellent agility and very fast speed.  She has gravity defying jumping ability.  Her coat is low maintenance and doesn't mat easily.  Eva has a scissors bite.

 Summary of Temperament
Eva is confident, friendly, and mild mannered towards unfamiliar (non-threatening) adults.  She is very devoted, watchful and affectionate to her human family.  Eva is most generally calm, steady, and leans to the hard side in disposition.

 

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