5 comments on “The Chosen Ones

  1. The Aussies’ more upright style doesn’t make them look all that serious about their job. Of course, Jackson WOULDN’T be all that serious about herding sheep; he seems to have NO instinct for it.

  2. Every once in awhile I consider getting a herding dog, I can see where they come in handy….but our dog population is a little high right now so that possibility is on hold!

    Looks like we are both checking our flock and making decisions regarding who stays, etc. I just don’t have to make near as many decisions as you.

  3. Do you train your own dogs, or take them somewhere? We have a pair of year old shelties, that I really need to do something with them. They both have good herding instincts, but need direction!
    I didn’t realize it was so hard to get the “perfect” jacob.

  4. Michelle – There are some dogs that just don’t have the drive. Sometimes it is a good thing! I would love to give my dogs run of the place but I can’t because they would be chasing – sheep, ducks, chickens, cats, pretty much whatever moved for them.

    Kathy – Your poor labs would be harassed by a herding dog 🙂 Now that the grass is all dried up and I am starting to feed hay it is time to move some along.

    Terri – Yes, I train my own dogs. I started 8 years ago when I got my Corgis. I had a border collie/aussie growing up that used to go get my horses for me. She was the best dog ever! Shelties can be very nice herding dogs. They tend to bounce and bark to get the sheep to move. It is very hard to get the ‘perfect’ jacob. I didn’t even mention the fact that they can’t have wool forward of the horns or on the legs, or freckles in the fleece, or split eyelids, or scurs. It is one of the things that I love about the breed!

  5. I enjoyed learning about your Jacob sheep. Thanks.

    My partner and I are expat American city boys who have moved to rural New Zealand. When we first moved here, we had to chase some wild sheep out of our bottom paddock, and we had no idea what we were doing. We could have used one of your dogs!

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