"Make sure my shepherd dog remains a working dog, for I have struggled all my life long for that aim."

 

Max Emil Friedrich von Stephanitz

1864 - 1936 The German breeder who is credited with having developed the German Shepherd.


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Photos of Xena, Diana's Knick Knack Paddy Wack, working goat stock at six months of age on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

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Associations, and Information

Diana Thompson
2524 West 13th St.
Wichita, KS 67203
Work:(316)942-2151
Home:(316)722-8597
Diana@DianasKerries.com

Xena’s Introduction to the

AKC Herding Instinct Test

Kerry Blue Terrier

Update:  “Xena” passed the AKC Herding Instinct Tests Saturday, April 9th at the Sunflower Cluster Dog Show at the Kansas Coliseum. Wichita, Kansas… Qualified unders Judges Alan Koebke and Marie Koebke… Thank you Alan and Marie. The YouTube video below was from a year ago when she was introduced to livestock as a 6 month old puppy.

On Saturday, April 10, 2010, David Poynter owner of Diana's Knick Knack Paddy Wack introduced "Xena" at six months of age introduced her to animal stock to test her herding instinct.

 

Xena did a great job moving the goats around the ring and created a lot of interest with spectators. None of the spectators had ever seen a terrier work stock.

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The activity lasted a little under 10 minutes.  Judge Alan Koebke handled Xena on a long lead. He said she showed great herding instinct. If she would have been nine months or older he said she would have passed the Instinct Test.

 

He recommended that David keep introducing her to different types of stock and she will easily pass her Herding Instinct Test after she is nine months old. (Since Xena was only a six month old dog she was not officially eligible to participate in the AKC Instinct Test.)


"They do not require special training in order to become something useful.

 

They are praised above all for incorruptible loyalty, watchfulness and attentiveness.

 

Many develop quite special intelligence in protecting and watching, for example in holding horses, guarding the car, knowing exact property boundaries, protection of children and women.

 

Driving and searching for lost cattle are more or less innate in all.

 

The dog needs only opportunity and examples, no special training.

 

They usually go very well on foot and behind the wagon.

 

They are, if not spoiled when young, gentle with chickens and cats."

 

- Dr. H.c. Hans Raeber

Die Schweizer Hunderassen, 1980

Quoting an earlier account of Professor Albert Heim c. 1900


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"People often wonder just what trainers give the sheepdog in exchange for its boundless willingness. Food treats and praise sit on the trainer's shelf, untouched, unused.

 

 

The sheepdog is shown its possibilities, he learns what life is like for a good dog and is invited to walk in a rational world whose farthest boundaries are defined by grace."

 

Donald McCaig

Nop's Hope (1994)


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"Utility is the true criterion of beauty."

 

Max Emil Friedrich von Stephanitz

1864 - 1936 The German dog breeder who is credited with having developed the German Shepherd.


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Background and History of the KBT AKC Herding Status

 

The United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club submitted a request to allow the Kerries to participate in Herding Tests and Trials at the American Kennel Club Board of Directors at the October 2006 Board Meeting. 

 

At the November 2006 Board Meeting reviewed the request from the United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club for participation by the breed in Herding events and voted unanimously to permit the Kerry Blue dogs to participate in Tests and Trials, effective January 1, 2007.


This page last updated on
04-16-2011.