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Herding Instinct Test 2016


corgi herding sheep

PWCCR member Julie Yamane's corgi Zia
using “eye” to stop a group of runaways

Although most Corgis are no longer used to drive cattle to market or work on the farm, their herding instincts can still be demonstrated in herding tests and trials. As herding dogs, Corgis work differently than border collies. Instead of gathering the stock, they drive them forward, nipping at the heels when necessary and, on their short legs, nimbly avoiding stray kicks. They work a herd from behind, in semi-circles, rather than running around the livestock. A bossy Corgi will stand his ground even against animals that outweigh him many times over.

 corgi herding ducks

Zia herds ducks

"Corgis are great herding dogs. Unfortunately, herding instructors are few and far between so most corgis have to be satisfied with herding the cat and keeping squirrels out of the yard. Unlike certain other of the herding breeds, however, corgis usually don’t herd children."

PWCCR member Julie Yamane

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Jim deKieffer with Beth Merrill's Tia

PWCCR sponsors a Herding Instinct test once a year to identify those Corgis that still retain the herding instinct. There’s nothing more thrilling than to see the light bulb go off in your Corgi’s head as she meets a pen full of sheep for the first time.

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Jim deKieffer with Francis Dahm's Gweni

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Herding Instinct Test 2016

This year we will have a shade tent, but please bring your own chairs and water for the dogs. Dogs must be under control or we will ask you to crate them during the tests. I (we) agree to hold this club, its members, directors, officers, agents and the owner of the premises harmless from any claim for loss or injury which may be alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly to any person or thing by the act of this dog while in or upon the testing grounds. Further, I (we) personally assume all responsibility and liability for any such claim and assume all financial responsibility for any injury to livestock at this test ($200 - sheep or goat; $75 - duck). I (we) further agree to hold the aforementioned parties harmless from any claim for loss of this dog by disappearance, theft, death or otherwise, and from any claim for damage or injury to the dog, whether such loss, disappearance, theft, damage or injury, be caused or alleged to be caused by the negligence of the club or any of the parties aforementioned, or by the negligence of any other person, or any other cause or causes.

Directions to Herding Site From Denver:

Halcyon Station - 28475 County Road 5 - Elizabeth, Colorado 80107: I-25S to 1st Castle Rock Exit (Founders Pkwy); Left on Founders Pkwy 4.5 miles to Colorado 86; Left on Colorado 86 for 5 miles to Franktown; Right at Franktown stoplight to Colorado 83S for 10 miles to Russelville Rd (DC 69) (Bypass the 1-mile entrance to Russelville Rd); Left on Russelville Rd 2.1 miles; Right on Heidemann Rd for 2-1/2 miles; Right on County Rd 5 for .8 mile to house on hill on right.

From Colorado Springs:

I-25N to Briargate Pkwy (Exit 151); Left at 1st stoplight to Hwy 83N, towards Franktown; Go 22-1/2 miles; Right at Russelville Rd (DC 69 - just past big red barn); Stay on Russelville Rd for 2.1 miles; Right on Heidemann Rd for 2-1/2 miles; Right on County Rd 5 for .8 mile to house on hill on right.

You also can help the PWCCR with the purchase of a shirt, hat, bag or other merchandise 

corgi t-shirt

"I'm a little Corgi short and stout,
I love to herd there is no doubt
When the cows are bad and they get out
I bite 'em on the ankle or on the snout."

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