Craiglea Working Dogs

About our Working Dogs

The properly trained working dog is indispensable. No machine or substitute could ever replace him. (James L. Moore, 1930)

 

We occasionally offer the following for sale:

Craiglea Working Dogs

  • Working dog pups
  • Working dogs:
    – Started dogs
    – Going dogs
    – Fully trained dogs (rarely!!)

Male pups start at $550 incl GST
Female pups start at $660 incl GST

Wormed, vaccinated and guaranteed to work!!

Click here to see what we have for sale…

The majority of the working dogs we sell are 8 week old pups, and started dogs around 6-12 months old. We sell very few trained dogs. Prices for started, going and trained dogs depend on age, ability and level of training.

All of our pups and dogs for sale are wormed, vaccinated and guaranteed to work!! When you buy a pup or dog from us, we offer unlimited phone and email advice on getting the most out of your dog.

Jamie may also be available for working dog clinics, lessons, and training depending on work commitments. Click here for more information…

A Couple of Things to Note About Our Dogs…

  1. Our dogs are genuine working dogs, that we use on our property every day. Our dogs are not a hobby, they earn their biscuits.
  2. Our dogs are not perfect (I would like to see a dog that is!!) I will happily point out the strengths and weaknesses in any of my dogs.
  3. We only breed a couple of litters a year, always with a specific result in mind. We do not breed to fill orders, and we always keep at least one pup (usually more) from every litter.
  4. We never have, and never will breed from a dog or bitch that is not a useful, practical stock dog.
  5. We don’t own more adult dogs than we need. We don’t own ‘brood bitches’ that do nothing but produce pups. Our bitches go to work every day.
  6. Our dogs are not trial dogs, they are work dogs. We love trialling, and have been successful, but it is definitely not our priority when breeding.

What We Do…

We use our dogs on our property every day!!

I do the majority of the cattle movements on my own, using the dogs. Good working dogs are by far, the most efficient way to move cattle in the paddock. They allow me to get this work done without the help of other staff, saving our employer money, and resulting in quieter stock, that fatten quicker and are easier to muster. On top of the economic benefits of using dogs, the most enjoyable and rewarding part of my job is working cattle on horseback with a couple of dogs. I can’t imagine running our business without the dogs!!

Being a cattle breeding operation our dogs have a variety of work which includes handling cows and calves. We also use our dogs to handle our sheep and goats. This includes mustering and yard work. This is great work for the dogs, completely different to working cattle, and adds to their versatility.

The type of work we use our dogs for include:

  • Mustering and paddock work – Cattle, Cows and calves, sheep and goats.
  • Educating young cattle.
  • Yard work – Yards, feedlot pens, laneways etc.
  • Dog trialling – Cattle and sheep dog trialling.

Our dogs may not be perfect, but they are reliable and practical, and they get the job done. They play a very valuable part in the efficiency of our cattle operation. We are constantly trying to improve the quality of our dogs, by setting a very high standard in training and breeding. We have spent countless hours researching bloodlines and training methods, and have spent a lot of time, money and kilometres putting these into practice.

Breeding…

Our goal is to breed practical, tough, intelligent working dogs, with an emphasis on versatility. Our ideal dog is strong enough to work cattle (with bite), gentle enough to work sheep with baby lambs, and have the temperament and trainability to trial cattle and sheep. We try and select for a leggy, short haired, practical type of dog with a big heart, capable of long days at work.

Our pups, and the dogs we breed from are selected on the following criteria:

Craiglea Working Dogs1. Natural instinct and ability
We look for pups that show interest in stock from a young age. I choose pups with heading instinct, that naturally want to hold their stock together, and will balance to the handler with little help or instruction. As dogs progress, they should have enough independence to be able to do practical work for periods of time with little or no command. 

 

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2. Temperament
This is super important to me. I need a dog that is likeable and easy to train. All the natural ability in the world is no good if the dog doesn’t want to work in partnership with its handler. A dog that can work on its own, but also be happy to do exactly what it’s asked when necessary, is the ideal dog for me.

3. Bite
This is a crucial selection criteria for us, but I purposely mentioned it last. We run a cattle operation, and the majority of our work is cattle work. Our dogs must bite cattle!! BUT… I look for so many traits in my young dogs before I worry if they will bite or not. In my opinion, pups and young dogs that bite too much, especially when working sheep or goats, rarely make the best dogs. I like a dog that can control stock sensibly, biting only when necessary. We do not keep, or breed from dogs that won’t bite cattle.

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The dogs that we choose to breed from are proven working dogs. They can work cattle, sheep and goats in a day to day work situation, and ideally, are successful in the trial ring as well.

We have not, and never will breed from a dog or bitch that isn’t a proven, practical working dog. We are small scale breeders, very selective in what we breed from. We do not breed litters for the purpose of selling pups. We breed for our own purposes, keeping at least one pup (usually more) from every single litter that we breed.

Bloodlines and Pedigrees…

We have some excellent bloodlines from all over the world. We have spent years collecting the best bloodlines we could find from all over Australia and overseas. Jamie has travelled to the UK, to watch the International Supreme and World Sheep Dog Trials, and visited the homes of some of the best dog handlers in the world. We have imported a dog and a bitch from the UK, as well as frozen semen from another two dogs.

Our bloodlines have many trial champions, but more importantly, they all come from proven working lines. We aren’t interested in trial bloodlines that aren’t proven in the paddock as well.

We believe that a pedigree is only as good as the dog it represents, and we don’t keep poor quality dogs regardless of how ‘well bred’ they are.

Dog Trialling

Swan SpudI am a very keen dog trialler. I love trialling, and thoroughly enjoy competing against other stockmen and their dogs. The social side of it is great, and it is an excellent way to compare your dogs with others.

I would like to make it very clear however, that we are breeding working dogs, NOT trial dogs!! I am very passionate about the sport of dog trialling, but I see it purely as a final test for the fully trained working dog, and a way of comparing my dogs to others. Real, practical work is our first priority when breeding!! My dogs will never make it to the trial arena if they can’t cut it in the paddock first.

In saying this, I do believe that the temperament and trainability required to train a dog to the standard of competitive trialling, is a very important selection trait in my dogs. You soon find out how good your partnership with your dog is, working someone else’s stock, around a strange course, in front of a judge, and the general public!!