Red-Dawn Border Collies  


Herding Ability

Border Collie, Bree, with mom, Alicia and herding handler, Jimmy Walker

Border Collies are bred to herd. If a Border Collie can not easily be trained and used as a solid farm hand, then the dog is not a good border collie. I've carefully chosen my foundation dogs from a line from Ireland who are biddable enough to be successfully trained by a novice, but competitive enough to be a top winning herding trial dog. My Irish bred dogs and their relatives can be seen competitively herding sheep in the UK and the USA. Many of these dogs are merles, so if you see a merle colored dog herding sheep: its is most likely a close relative to Red-Dawn dogs.

All my Border Collies herd regularly and many are out of great herding trial dogs. Bree has now bumped all Red-Dawn girls out of the running for top herding dog. She trialed in USBCHA Nursery. She won second place overall in the Nursery division at the Ft Worth Stock Show in 2004. We're very proud of the great success Jimmy Walker has achieved with our little girl.

For the boys: Barny, Bree's brother, has his AKC Herding Champion and has won 4 High-In-Trials.

Paris is a handy guy on a farm. He worked most his life on farms herding every thing from baby chicks to cattle. Alli has won multiple first places and received High-In-Trial at AKC herding trials. Kitty is trained to an Open Ranch level and has worked her whole life on farms herding goats, cattle and sheep.

Our younger kids enjoy regular visits to the farm for important lessons while they dream of the day they are grown up enough to go off to herding camp.....