Dog's Name
 Schalek's Shep
 Pedigree link
 ESCR Step-in level 3
 Owned By
 Schalek Family
 BackgroundShep is an intact tricolor male, born October 2008 and evaluated at 2 years of age. He has been working beef cattle and poultry (geese) regularly on his owner's farm since he was a pup.

Shep is an extremely responsive dog, always mindful of where his owner is and ready to follow instructions. He has come when called (every time!) since he was 6 weeks old and checks in regularly when working to make sure he is on track. His owners never need a leash to keep him close by! Everyone (including the vet!) that meets Shep is impressed with his beauty, brains and temperament.

Shep started showing interest in work when he was 7 weeks old. That interest has blossomed so that now he will become jealous if other dogs are getting in on the job -- Shep prefers to work alone. He is becoming more powerful and assertive with stock as he matures.
 Summary of Working Traits
Keenness/ Drive -- works readily when needed
Style -- driving
Power -- livestock are generally respect Shep (power increasing with maturity)

Stock Ethic -- loves to work, usually maintains control appropriately, without causing undue stress but will occasionally be aggressive when asserting control

Work Ethic -- stays with the job, maintains focus

Biddability -- very responsive to guidance and control; "best dog we've ever owned!"
Approach -- Prefers to work close but will widen out when necessary

"Eye" -- medium, fairly intense concentration but free-moving; crouches when watching gates
Bark -- usually silent, force barks only to get cow's attention and get them moving
Bite -- bites heels or above hock as needed

Territoriality -- respects boundaries, stays at home (always comes when called)
Patrol -- occasionally patrols
Warning --generally barks to warn of unusual situations
Defense of property -- developing more protective attitude with maturity
Tracking ability -- moderate
Predators -- drives off predators
Attitude towards newborns -- shows gentle and/or nurturing behavior
Pest control -- will hunt rodents but is more interested in working cattle

 Summary of Structure
Shep has an average build with a natural bobtail (about 3") and normal bite. His movement is efficient, with excellent agility and speed, and average jumping ability. His coat requires little maintenance but he loves to be brushed!
 Summary of Temperament
Shep is confident, friendly and mild mannered with visitors. He is extremely devoted and affectionate with family. He is active when they are active, and quiet when they are quiet. His disposition is calm and responsive; he takes direction easily and does not hold a grudge when corrected.

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