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羊たちを元気に追いかけまわす、牧羊犬なチワワ

牧場の羊たちを元気に追いかけ追い込む牧羊犬みたいなチワワの動画をご紹介。

参考サイト:牧羊犬 – Wikipedia

牧羊犬(牧畜犬)は、牧場で放牧している家畜(主に羊)の群れの誘導や見張り、人間による盗難やオオカミなどの捕食動物から守るように訓練された作業犬(ワーキングドッグ)である。牧羊犬の起源はイラン周辺が発祥だと考えられており、紀元前4300年頃のトルキスタンや古代エジプトの地層から羊の骨とともに牧羊犬とみられる犬の骨が発見されている。この時代は羊の群れの誘導というよりも盗難防止の役割をしていたのではないかと考えられている。

[YouTube] Nancy Sheep Herding

Last week Ci the Border Collie hit the headlines after his fear of sheep was revealed, even though he's meant to round up his owner's flock. But now another dog is creating a stir in the sheepherding world. This time its Nancy the Chihuahua, who has been caught on camera herding sheep with all the skill of a seasoned Border Collie.    Tiny Nancy weighs just 2.5 lbs but she has proven her expertise in the field, by confidently herding sheep more than six times taller than her.   Farmer Geoff Temple from Surrey has seen Nancy in action, and describes her as "amazing". He explains: "I've been herding for 17 years and I've never seen a Chihuahua work sheep. I now train other people and their dogs and see about 15 people a week, and almost without exception they are all Border Collies. Nancy really is something special – she's a fun-size sheep herder."   The plucky pooch was brought into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home two years ago, when she was aged just three weeks old. Nancy had severe sarcoptic mange and had to be hand-reared by the animal charity's Head of Canine Welfare Training Ali Taylor. Ali decided to adopt Nancy, and as the years passed, she frequently took the tiny dog on visits to farms.   Ali explains: "Nancy used to watch all her Border Collie friends herd the sheep and she seemed very interested in what was going on. One day I decided to give her a whirl in the ring and she picked it up straight away. I started in a very controlled environment but it quickly became evident that Nancy has natural ability and loves herding sheep."   Despite Nancy's impressive skills you won't see her on One Man and His Dog anytime soon. Ali explains: "Nancy and I only do this for fun, and to prove that rescue dogs really can do anything. At Battersea we rehome a lot of dogs to working homes, such as with farmers, in the armed forces and as assistance dogs. People sometimes underestimate rescue dogs, but they really are fantastic, and go on to do amazing things."  Ali also stresses that owners shouldn't try this at home. "I wouldn't encourage anyone to try sheepherding with their dog unless it is under proper supervision from an expert," she says. "Some dogs could react very badly, and you could end up harming your dog and the sheep."

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2011年07月03日

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