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