Breakfast of Champions
The English Shepherd is an all-purpose farm dog. Unlike more specialized breeds such as Border Collies and terriers, English Shepherds are bred to herd, act as watchdogs and kill vermin. It’s a breed characterized by substance rather than style.
The English Shepherd Club doesn’t hold conformation events or award championships. In fact, they don’t award titles of any kind. The ESC’s sister group, the American Working Farm Collie Association will, however, award a Certificate of Merit to dogs who qualify in each of the three working categories (herding, hunting and guarding). To qualify, the owner of the dog must provide verifiable evidence of the dog’s working ability in each category. This evidence can consist of a video tape or a live observation by a qualified AWFA representative.
Both of Audie’s parents have been awarded the PRGN Certificate of Merit.
This morning young Audie took the intiative to work on that “hunting vermin” leg on his own. Here’s a picture of my Minnesota Feist — holding his freshly caught breakfast.