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sheepdog

any of various breeds of dogs produced to help manage sheep flocks. Three general types, the herding breeds that bring sheep to the operator, e.g. Border collie, the huntaway breeds that move sheep ahead, e.g. kelpie, and the guarding types that protect the flock from predators, e.g. Komondor.
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There is absence of tapetal region in Blue Merle Collies or Shetland Sheep dogs (Narfstrom and Ekesten, 1999) and 1.
To see sheep dogs working is a joy in itself, as it is plain to see that these dogs are absolutely obsessed with sheep and that they love nothing more than to be able to herd them.
Details of the deal have not been disclosed but the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) needs pounds 200,000 to cover the cost of staging the event, which is being expanded into a food and country festival.
But to us, here in east Texas, the sheep dogs are quite inspiring and amazing.
The chow included dog bone-shaped sandwiches and devil dog cookies that made Downey's nose twitch, just like it does in the film when he mutates into a sheep dog.
I also would be extremely surprised if sheep don't recognize the different barks of a sheep dog.
Dogs have an extraordinary number of olfactory sensory cells (220 million in a sheep dog, compared to 6-10 million in humans), enabling them to smell 44-100 times better than human beings/Although law enforcement agencies have used a number of breeds in police work, the bloodhound, with its keen sense of smell and innate determination, remains the best suited for locating individuals and evidence.
The 23-year-old program, which covers an annual competition to find the best sheep dog in Britain, will now air on Sky One, still presented by hosts Robin Page and Gus Dermoody.
I am aware of the location of the mine shafts in question and have seen a similar scenario with a working sheep dog in the same area.
Scientists tested the 'selfish herd' hypothesis by strapping GPS satellite tracking devices to the backs of animals being rounded up by a sheep dog.
At Stonebeck Gate Farm there will be sheep dog trials, drystone walling and sheep shearing demonstrations.
During its new tea-time slot viewers will be able to enjoy the nail-biting competition showcasing the time-honoured skills and tradition of sheep dog trialling, alongside reports on the people, places and stories making news in the British countryside.