Livestock Guardian Dogs

Class entries graciously provided by Rebecca Parker and Carol Gibson

1

Maple: Maple is a 9 month old livestock guardian dog. She has clear eyes good teeth and a clean smooth coat. Maple is learning how to protect the sheep but gets easily distracted. She has a loud bark and can sense when something is wrong. Maple has lots of learning to do but is on her way to being an asset on the farm.

2

Sadie: Sadie is a three year old Maremma and works on a goat farm. She spends most of her day sleeping around the outside of the barn. She rarely barks except at night when she hears strange noises.

3

Rocky: Rocky is a six year old Maremma/Great Pyrenees cross. He lives on a sheep farm and patrols around the sheep all day. He will alert bark whenever he thinks there are intruders. He rarely leaves the flock.

4

Rupert: Rupert is a four year old Maremma dog. He lives on a sheep farm. He loves his sheep, but sometimes gets too excited and chases them. He also does not like cats or small dogs and will chase and possibly hurt them. He will also sometimes leave home to wander to neighbouring properties, therefore he sometimes has to be on a chain to keep him with his sheep.


Judging Criteria

APPEARANCE - 50 POINTS

  • clean
  • well groomed
  • healthy looking

SKILLS - 30 POINTS

  • respects the animals it is protecting
  • remains with the livestock and on the property

AGE - 20 POINTS

  • A dog that is appropriate for the job
  • An old dog is less likely to be able to run and chase away predators than a young dog
  • An immature dog will not be fully trained or reliable yet

Official Placings & Reasons

Official Placing: 3 - 2 - 1 - 4

Cuts: 1 - 1 - 2

I place this class of Working Dogs 3, 2, 1, 4.

Placing 3 at the top because he appears to be a healthy dog and does his job efficiently without causing any challenges. Giving him the advantage over 2 because he is more alert throughout the day and is consistently with his guarded livestock.

Placing 2 over 1 as she has the advantage of age and by extension experience in her required job, giving her the reliability we are looking for in a working dog.

Placing 1 over 4 as 1 is cleaner and healthy looking. Also giving the edge to 1 as she has not displayed the behaviour issues that 4 has shown which could lead to injuries of his guarded livestock.

In 4th place we have entry 4. I will grant that he appears to be a very clean dog despite being in a muddy situation. However, his lack of ideal Livestock Guarding characteristics and risk of getting hurt if he wanders leave him to round out our class.

For these reasons I place this class of working dogs 3, 2, 1, 4.