Dog's Name
 Sweet Home Farm's Lucy
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 ESCR Owned By
 Carla Green
 BackgroundLucy is a black & tan female born in October 2007 and evaluated at 3 years of age. She has been raised on a diversified farm with daily exposure to beef cattle, goats, sheep (flighty), poultry, and some limited experience with pigs.

Lucy is a sweet friendly girl, always looking for ways to help; she is on the job immediately when asked, but also quits when asked to stop. She has the grit to stand down a dangerous cow or bull, and has saved her owner from a cow intent on harm. Lucy differentiates between stock needing to be worked and other animals; she will leave the chickens undisturbed but chase off migrating geese.

Lucy is developing her sheep-skills (their flighty nature is exciting for her!) and her listening skills -- she likes to think for herself, which is often useful, but there are times when she chooses to ignore directions.
 Summary of Working Traits
Keenness/ Drive -- works readily when needed
Style -- driving
Power -- livestock are intensely aware of and respect Lucy

Stock Ethic -- maintains control appropriately without causing undue stress
Work Ethic -- stays with job until it appears to be done, at which point she may let her focus drift

Biddability -- somewhat responsive to guidance and control
Approach -- close
"Eye" -- loose - upright and free-moving
Bark -- force barks on command
Bite -- heels cattle, hits above hock on sheep & goats, adjusts force to suit situation

Orientation -- oriented towards livestock though aware of owner
Territoriality -- respects boundaries, 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 -- diligently protects owner, particularly around dangerous stock
Tracking ability -- will track by scent and find prey
Predators -- drives off predators (limited need for this as farm employs livestock guardian dogs)
Attitude towards newborns -- shows gentle and/or protective nature
Pest control -- routinely hunts rodents

 Summary of Structure
Lucy has an average build with a long tail and correct scissors bite. Her movement is efficient but not spectacular; she is very fast and agile, with average jumping ability . Her coat is low maintenance and of good quality.
 Summary of Temperament
Lucy is confident and sociable with visitors, though there are occasionally men whom she views with suspicion. She is very devoted and affectionate with family. Lucy is alert & responsive to her surroundings but she is not a "busy" dog. She is steady and resilient.

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