Dog's Name
 Maple Grove Farm's Byrd
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  Owned By
 Harold & Mary Dunn Conover

Byrd is a neutered male, born December 2010 and evaluated at just over 2 years of age. He has had daily exposure to cattle (35 - 40 cows/calves) on his owner's farm since about 6 months of age.

Byrd's owner writes: "This dog and I have a seamless working relationship. He began to see cattle at about 6 months of age. When he seemed stout and quick enough I began to encourage him to move them; that was enough. From then, he has taught me as much as I've taught him. When we're in pasture, he's constantly looking to me for leadership -- he doesn't free-lance. As we work cattle, he has half an eye on me for signals and approval so that it's easy to move stock quietly. Almost never need I raise my voice to direct him. He responds equally well to hand signals. When we have the cows through the gates in the lane I tell him "move them" -- that's when he opens it up and I see how much self-control he's been exerting as he joyfully pushes them. When we're not working he's a sober serious companion, walking the fields together. His is the patience of an oyster, he'll lie quietly by the hour, instantly fully ready to go to work at a word. He seems to live to learn. How can so much dignity and nobility, and yet so much loyalty and desire to be really with me and please me, have come to me in one dog? It's a shame that he didn't have the luck to have found a more capable partner."

Byrd is very reserved -- anything new is viewed skeptically. He is slow to warm up to new people

 Summary of Working Traits
Keenness/ Drive -- works readily when needed
Style -- driving
Power -- livestock generally respect Byrd

Stock Ethic -- maintains control appropriately, without causing undue stress
Work Ethic -- stays with the job, maintains focus

Biddability -- very responsive to guidance and control
Approach -- moderately wide
"Eye" -- medium, fairly intense concentration but free-moving
Bark -- works silently
Bite -- does not bite

Orientation -- livestock generally come second to his owner
Territoriality -- respects boundaries, stays at home
Patrol -- patrols infrequently
Warning -- barks to warn of unusual situations
Defense of property -- staunchly defends owner's property
Defense of people -- diligently protects his owner, "watches your back"
Tracking ability -- not particularly scent-oriented
Predators -- have not encountered predators so unable to assess
Attitude towards newborns -- neutral in behavior
Pest control -- little interest in hunting rodents

 Summary of Structure
Byrd has an average build with a long tail, carried low, and a level bite. His movement is very smooth & effortless, with great speed and agility. His coat of good quality and requires little maintenance.
 Summary of Temperament
Byrd is reserved and somewhat aloof with strangers, and does not care for small children or loud adults. He is very watchful and devoted with family, and maintains a dignified stoic demeanor. He is a fairly active dog, steady but mildly anxious; he is middle of the road in disposition, neither hard-headed nor overly soft.

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