Sheep Dog Trials and Training
OPEN APRIL TO OCTOBER ONLY
Watch one man and his dog and the challenge of six unpredictable sheep at the daily sheep dog trials at the BIG Sheep.
The border collie was originally bred for accurately driving a flock of sheep.
Daily show at 1.30pm April until October
See how our well trained border collie dogs respond to commands from the shepherds and manoeuvre the sheep through different gateways and into holding pens.
In competitions held throughout the UK there is a time limit allowed for the dogs to perform a number of tasks, and then the judges mark the dog's ability to listen and the handler's ability to control their dog . At The BIG Sheep our visitors enjoy the shepherds entertaining demonstration where there are no set rules for judges!
The BIG Sheep Border Collie
All of the dogs at The BIG Sheep are pure bred collies' . They vary in colour from the more common black and white to black and tan. The attraction often has collie pups on display, some of which are born on the farm . The mothers are pregnant for just nine weeks and they can continue working up until the sixth week, they must stop then as they become slow and the sheep can chase them rather than the other way around!
The puppies are suckled by their mothers for six to eight weeks after which the mothers are usually quite pleased to have them weaned. Most of the dog 's are on site to work the sheep , some of which will be sold to large farms when fully trained.
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