About our Working Dogs
The properly trained working dog is indispensable. No machine or substitute could ever replace him. (James L. Moore, 1930)
We offer the following for sale:
- Working dog pups – 6 weeks old
- Started working dogs
- Occasionally we will have an older trained working dog for sale
Pups start at $550 inc GST
Click here to see what we have for sale..
The majority of the working dogs we sell are 6 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 healthy. We offer as much phone and email advice as you need to get the most out of your dog.
Jamie is also be available for working dog clinics & lessons. Click here for more information..
A Couple of Things to Note About Our Dogs…
- Our dogs are genuine working dogs, that we use on our property every day. Our dogs are not a hobby, they earn their biscuits.
- Our dogs are not perfect (I would like to see a dog that is..) I am my own biggest critic, and will happily point out the strengths and weaknesses in any of my dogs.
- 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.
- We never have, and never will breed from a dog or bitch that is not a useful, practical stock dog.
- 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.
- 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!
We manage a corporate owned beef cattle operation, running 2,000 cattle across four separate grazing properties. We run breeders, growing our cattle out to heavy feeder weight. We also trade cattle according to the seasons. We also run a small flock of Dorper sheep.
We cell graze across our whole operation, which means we are moving cattle often. This can be as often as twice a day when the feed is really growing! We run maximum numbers of cattle in the minimum numbers of mobs possible. This means mobs of up to 500 breeders, or 1,000 dry cattle.
We are often moving cattle on our own, with just the help of the dogs. Good working dogs are by far, the most efficient way to move cattle in the paddock. They allow us to get this work done without the help of other staff, saving our business money, and resulting in quieter stock, that fatten quicker and are easier to handle. 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 our 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. This includes paddock and yard work. This is great work for the dogs, completely different to working cattle, adding to their versatility.
The type of work we use our dogs for include:
- Mustering and paddock work – Cows and calves, dry cattle and sheep.
- Educating weaners.
- Yard work – Penning up 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.
Our goal is to breed practical, tough, intelligent working dogs, with an emphasis on versatility. Our ideal dog is strong enough to work all types of cattle, 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:
1. 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.
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 is capable of working without command, but is willing to do exactly what it’s asked when necessary, is the ideal dog for me.
3. Bite (on cattle)
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.
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 dogs from the UK in the past, and have frozen semen from many world class sires in our tank.
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.
I am a very keen dog trialler. I love trialling, and thoroughly enjoy competing against other stockmen and their dogs. It is a very challenging sport, 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!