English Shepherds

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  1. beaglady

    beaglady Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like they have the intelligence and many of the good qualities of border collies but with a much more relaxed temperament? I like the idea of having a herding dog, but the border collies I dogsat a few years ago HAD to be kenneled unless you were working with them or they would find something to do you would rather they didn't.
     

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    The English shepherd works very differently from a border collie, but is more like an Australian Shepherd with a tail. He is loose eyed and works upright. He also is more of a driver than a gatherer. Their responsibilities have ranged from herding and protecting stock, to dispatching vermin, guarding the home, and watching over children.
    It seems they are often advertised as livestock guardian dogs.
     
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    Id agree that ES are as smart as border collies, but with an 'off' switch'. When they're not working, they're generally content to hang out with their stock or their humans.

    Wendle is correct they ES are upright herders, like Aussies. It seems like ES are pretty evenly divided between driving and gathering, at least based on the ones I've known, and the working evaluations here: http://esclub.webasyst.net/QP/html/scripts/book.php?DB_KEY=S0QwODEz&BookID=we&PageID=Title

    ES aren't livestock guardians in the traditional sense that they are happy living 24/7 with them. I'd say ES are more people oriented, and keep livestock in control because they enjoy enforcing the 'rules' which hopefully have been made clear by their owners.
     
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    Sorry I must have read the ES web site wrong. This is from the website. "English shepherds are the original all-purpose farm dog. Not only do they help with livestock chores, they also hunt vermin, guard livestock from predators, and become part of the family".
     
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    Love that description!
     
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    My ES would only be happy living outside with the livestock if WE stayed out there, too.
     
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    boundarybunnyco,

    Any long term updates on your dog? I'm considering the same breeder / line. Thanks!

    Joe