Herding

All Breed Herding Club of Western Washington

First AKC Spanish Water Dog Herding Titles Awarded
August 22-23, 2008 - Battle Ground, WA

Two Spanish Water Dogs wrapped up the first AKC herding titles, earning PT titles on sheep this weekend (August 22-23) at the All Breed Herding Club of Western Washington AKC herding trial at Brigand’s Hideout, Battle Ground, WA.

"Pink" (Ch. Beloved Pretty in Pink de Ariosa PT-s, JHD, NA, NAJ, CGC) earned her first leg at the Washington German Shepherd Dog Club trial in June in regular PT, and earned their second leg today in boundary-style PT. She is bred, owned and handled by Lisa Harper or Beaverton, Oregon, USA. By the luck of the draw, Pink ran a mere 20 minutes before Chase.

"Chase" (Brasenia Concurrido Chasin Ewe PT-s, RN, RL1), having only been first introduced to sheep this March, earned both legs in regular PT and received many wonderful comments from instructors and judges observing the breed from the sidelines. Chase is owned and handled by Marnie Harrison of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was bred by Bethany Clark of Holland, Massachusetts, USA.

Despite the name, the Spanish Water Dog is an ancient tending breed from Spain which worked with goats, sheep, and cattle. The breed became eligible to compete in AKC herding trials in January, 2008.

First AKC Spanish Water Dog Herding Titles Awarded
L to R: Marnie Harrison and "Chase", AKC herding judge
Dana Mackenzie, Lisa Harper and "Pink"

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