Herding Group Part 1 | Group Judging (2018)

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Herding Group Part 1 | Group Judging (2018)

MICHAEL LAFAVE: May we have the herding group in the ring, please?

CHRIS MYERS: Our final group of the night, the rough Collie back in 1877, although the breed was part of the working group at the time. The first herding breed to appear at Westminster Kennel Club.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Of course, that was part of the working group then. A herding group wasn't established, and broken off from the working group until 1983.

CHRIS MYERS: We see a Collie as well. And just the magnitude of the Westminster Kennel Club for 142 years. I mean, think about when this first started, we didn't have the automobile, television, radio. The light bulb wasn't even invented.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: There were no lights, so all the judging had to happen during the day. So once the light bulb was invented, then we can have the groups at night.

CHRIS MYERS: It's good to have a prime time on FS1. Glad to help you watching with Gail Miller Bisher, Jason Hope, Chris Myers, rounding our final group of the night. And our judge, Robert Vandiver from South Carolina, an engineering graduate from Texas A&M, but a retired executive for an engineering company.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, and he was a very successful breeder of Doberman Pinschers. And he actually showed his own dogs, so that's very nice that someone judging at Westminster understands the plight of the owner-handler.

CHRIS MYERS: Sizing up the group of 31 from the herding group.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: He's also very active in the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, which is a big part of our dog show world-- is supporting our breed clubs.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, you have to get back to the sport, and volunteering for a club is very important.

CHRIS MYERS: Michael LaFave standing by.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: Originally, bred to herd cattle in the rugged Australian Outback, the Australian cattle dog is tough, courageous, intelligent, and possesses great stamina. Their loyalty, devotion to duty, and protective instincts make them self-appointed guardians of family and property. Adult coats are flat-lying weather resistant, and can be either red or blue. This is Australian cattle dog, number 18.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: These are really short and muscular back dogs. They have to have that correct rear assembly, so they can turn on a dime. These dogs have to herd cattle that can move different ways, are large beasts. They have to be fast and be able to quickly adjust to what is needed to keep the herd together.

JASON HOKE: Right. And they also have to be able to avoid the cattle kicking them. So that's part of their job-- is to herd and to also avoid when the cattle turns on them.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: That's right. And then having the flat head, of course, is part of making sure that they're safe if they do get kicked.

CHRIS MYERS: The Australian cattle dog, also known as the Australian Heeler may seem to enjoy the role, their job.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Luke, being handled by Lisa Saari.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Australian shepherd was actually developed in the Western United States, where this versatile and intelligent breed has been valued by ranchers for decades as an exceptional herder. An eminently trainable dog, their athleticism and skill led them to succeed in a wide range of endeavors from search and rescue to obedience, agility, and fly ball events. This is Australian shepherd, number 31.

CHRIS MYERS: Tango getting a cheer here at MSG. And the popular of the Australian shepherd actually grew up with Western culture, right? The horse riding after World War II. You see rodeos and television showing the dog alongside.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Again, a herding breed that has to be work all day. So they have to have the proper construction and effortless gait.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The bearded collie or beardy is an old Scottish breed that achieved recognition in the United States in 1977. It is happy to work with sheep, play with children, jump through hoops, or do anything with their people. Beardies are independent thinkers, so early fun and imaginative training is the key. This bearded collie, number 21.

JASON HOKE: So Gail, I think you might know something about this breed, don't you?

GAIL MILLER BISHER: I grew up with a house full of bearded collies. I feel like they're my siblings, frankly.

CHRIS MYERS: You're standing next announcer in Jason.

JASON HOKE: We're batting 1,000 with this beard theme tonight.


CHRIS MYERS: We're going to ride that out, but is there a purpose to the beard connection with this particular-- they're beardy, happy, they're outgoing.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: They're very outgoing, happy breed. But of course, that coat was originally there to protect them when they were herding in Scotland weather. They need to be kept warm.

JASON HOKE: They were primarily with sheep, I believe for the cattle.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Absolutely with sheep. That's right.

CHRIS MYERS: Ginger is moving gingerly. Only 20 months old.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Youngster having a good time.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Beauceron is and distinct French breed, bred and selected for their aptitude to herd and guard large flocks of sheep. The ideal Beauceron is a well-balanced solid dog of good height and well-muscled without heaviness or coarseness. A formidable dog, he commands respect wherever he goes. This is Beauceron, number 10.

JASON HOKE: So this is a really interesting breed from France. This breed does not have any out crosses from any other country or breed. So there are no foreign out crosses coming in. It's a purely French breed.

CHRIS MYERS: They still herd sheep on cattle farms today.

JASON HOKE: Sure. And now they're used at police dogs, military dogs. They're a very versatile dog.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: They are. And this one, Matrise, is being handled by Tony Carter. He's number one Beauceron in 2017. And she was the first to ever receive a Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Belgian Malinois is one of three similar Belgian herding dogs recognized in this country. The Malinois is distinguished from the other Belgians by its short coat, ranging in color from fawn to mahogany. A proud, agile, strong dog, full of life, it excels at police work, search and rescue, and performance competition. This is a Belgian Malinois, number 19.

CHRIS MYERS: 2017 national specialty winner and the name, Unique, named after one of the longer running Broadway musicals, which is not far but, what, 9/10 of a mile from where we're located here at Madison Square Garden.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This breed is so versatile, they're using them in military and with police.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Belgian Sheepdog with its distinct long black coat was originally bred as a versatile working farm and family dog. Herding flock and guarding the home, today they are active and successful at many events such as herding, obedience tracking, and agility trials. This is Belgian Sheepdog, number 7.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Just to follow up on that last, I think that it's important to say that a lot of these purebred dogs are used still today, helping man in different ways with the military, with the police, search and rescue. The predictability of a purebred dog is something that is invaluable to our society.

CHRIS MYERS: Yeah, And The Belgian Sheepdog used in World War I as message carriers. Also, ambulance dogs. Even machine gun pullers. So the service work started that far back and has continued in different ways, obviously.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, and you adapt the dog to what you need for the time, whether it's working, herding-- it's all relative.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Belgian Tervuren is the third of the Belgian breeds with a long hair coat color other than black. Bred to herd and well as guard, these dogs excel at search and rescue, and in all other areas of competition. The breed's versatility and graceful eye catching appearance are prized by their owners. This is Belgian Tervuren, number 11.

JASON HOKE: So the Tervuren holds the distinction of earning the most titles for obedience and confirmation of the Belgian breeds.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: I have no doubt of that. And actually, Kato here has many performance titles. It's very easy for them to cross over and excel in different dog sports.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, it goes back to the versatility that we see in these breeds. This is Ch. Whynotta Make It A Double.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Bergamasco is an ancient alpine herding and guarding breed. This medium to large muscular and heavy boned dog has an abundant code that forms flocks, allowing them to blend in with the sheep and provide insulation from the climate and protection from predators. Bergamasco are intelligent, loyal, and eager to please, making them wonderful family companions. This is Bergamasco, number 11.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: It's important to remember that most of the herding breeds were owned by the shepherds and the people that didn't have a lot of money, necessarily, so there aren't paintings of herding dogs from the early 1800s and before.

CHRIS MYERS: This breed originating-- excuse me, Gail-- back nearly 7,000 years ago from Iran. And developed in Italy.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Ancient breed, and of course, a very unique coat that's called flocks, that are actually three different hair types that matte together.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Berger Picard is thought to be one of the oldest of the French herding breeds. The Berger Picard is a medium sized dog with a rustic tousled appearance, naturally erect ears, and maybe fawn or brindle in coloration. People oriented and loyal, a Berger Picard makes a wonderful family pet if properly socialized. This is Berger Picard, number 12.

JASON HOKE: This is one of the dogs that's used for sheep herding. And I don't know if you know this, but this breed appeared in a movie-- Winn Dixie.

CHRIS MYERS: That was an interesting looking coat.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, it has a harsh wire coat, and the ears are also distinctive as well.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This dog's being handled, I point out, by Billy. Billy Green, who is 16. Junior handlers in our sport can compete at any level.

CHRIS MYERS: Yeah, she's been showing since she was seven years old.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: A product of Scotland and England, the Border Collie is the premier herding dog. Their ability to manipulate sheep is legendary, as is their prowess, and obedience, and agility. Although easily trained, they are so highly motivated to work, that they are perfect for the farm, but not for the apartment dwelling unless provided with plenty of outside activity. This is Border Collie, number 18.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: So this is Slick, the number one Border Collie, being handled by Jamie Clute. Interestingly, Jamie, of course, is a professional handler, but he used to ride bulls. He was into bull riding before showing dogs.

JASON HOKE: He's another one that's a premise for a handler-- Jimmy Moses, who I think we all know. He actually apprenticed for him for years with German shepherds.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Bouvier Des Flandres was developed in the 19th century as a farm dog in the northern hills of France and Belgium. He's been known throughout history as the milk cart dog. His strength and agility coupled with his intelligence and serene disposition make him both a strong worker and fine companion. This is Bouvier Des Flandres, number 11.

CHRIS MYERS: Lars coming from Ontario, Canada. And as I mentioned with the countries that are represented, if you want to think big picture, and the chances Best in Show winners, we've had six in the history of this event from the country of Canada.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Dog showing and purebred dogs are very popular in Canada. We have a lot great dogs that come down and do very well in the US.

CHRIS MYERS: And we started with more than 2,800 dogs that were entered. Talked about the process through this week long events. Dogs taking over Manhattan.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: And here we have Ch. Quiche's Major League, being shown by Elaine Paquette, who is trying to take over Manhattan.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Briard is an ancient of France, serving as a sheep herder, guardian, an all around farm dog. Vigorous, alert, and self-confident, they have the strength and power to do the job for which they were bred. Distinguishing characteristics include a long wavy coat, dewclaws on his rear legs, and a crook at the end of the tail. This is Briard, number 21.

CHRIS MYERS: Thomas Jefferson became interested in Briards while serving as the minister to France. And the eyebrows are very accentuated here-- if you can find them.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is a great herding dog. They're very solid when you get under coat, which, of course, Mr. Vanderberg has done, is you make sure you get under the coat, feel the dog's body. And this is a solid, solid breed under that coat.

CHRIS MYERS: And Gibbs, named after the TV character from NCIS.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: He's a Best in Show winner, being headed by Jamie Donelson.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: Named for the ancient land of Canaan, its origin dating back to biblical times, the Canaan dog is Israel's only native dog. A herding and sentry dog for the ancient Hebrews to breed, lived as a feral dog for over 2000 years in the desert, where it survived independently until it was really domesticated in 1935. This is Canaan dog, number 6.

JASON HOKE: When we talk about adaptability, this is a dog that traveled from camp to camp. There were nomadic people that moved from place to place, and they were forced to keep leaving. So this dog adapted to all the different climates and terrains.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Well, that's true of many of these breeds, of course. They stick with their people, and they become part of the family.

JASON HOKE: Right, it translates from moving from place to place to living with your family.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: In Welsh, corgi means dwarf dog. The cardigan is the corgi with the tail and is one of the oldest breeds in the British Isles, dating to 1200 BC. It was developed as an all purpose farm worker and companion. His willingness and trained ability allows him to excel in performance events. This is cardigan Welsh corgi, number 15.

JASON HOKE: This is one of our two corgi varieties. And they are not the same, the difference is not just the tail.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: That's right. They have a very different head shape. Their body is really different. Obviously, the tail, right?

JASON HOKE: And the front construction as well. So while they may look similar, they're not that similar.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Sherry Hurst is handling Libby tonight. Ch. Aubrey's Tales of Mystery.

CHRIS MYERS: The veteran will turn 10. The age of 10 coming up in April.

JASON HOKE: It's great to see the veterans.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: That's right. When they're constructed right, they can keep showing into that age.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: Collies originated in Scotland, where they were bred to gather, move, and protect sheep. They were selected for herding because they are gentle, alert, and intelligent. The breed comes in two varieties-- the rough coat, and the smooth call. One standard is used for both varieties. This is rough collie, number 19.

CHRIS MYERS: Good look at Fiero, who pulls a wagon in the Scottish Christmas parade every year. Proud of that.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: He should be. He should be. That's Lochlaren Kings Valley Fire Within. He's the number one collie. Was in 2016 and 2017.

JASON HOKE: And this breed is known for his distinctive wedge head. You'll see that here when he comes back to the judge, showing that beautiful expression.

CHRIS MYERS: President Benjamin Harrison owned a collie named Dash.

Working our way-- half way through the herding group, our final group of the night. You come to New York, you ticket a show, a dog show, and you hit the spa.