Herding Group Part 2 | Grouping (2018)

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Herding Group Part 2 | Group Judging (2018)

ANNOUNCER: Now, for the second variety of Collies, the smooth. While the rough coated variety was developed for the cold northern winds of Scotland, the smooth collie was used primarily as a cattle driver in the south of England. This is smooth collie number seven.

COMMENTATOR 1: So the smooth collie work with drover's managing flocks of sheep on the roads to markets. Which demanded work in strange surroundings with unfamiliar stock. So the rough collie was out on the field, whereas the smooth collie was utilized more in the town and on the roads.

COMMENTATOR 2: And this smooth Collie, Bandit, is being shown by another junior handler.

COMMENTATOR 1: That's wonderful. That's where I got my start.


COMMENTATOR 3: I love it they adjusted. They first named the dog Damage, but they changed the name to a Bandit after he became a Junior's dog. Which is a good decision.

COMMENTATOR 2: That's right.

COMMENTATOR 1: Tone it down a little.

COMMENTATOR 2: Growing up in Juniors is a great start.

ANNOUNCER: The Entelebucher mountain dog is the smallest of the four Swiss sennenhund breeds. Originally from the Entelebuch valley of Switzerland, the breed is prized as a herding an all around utility dog. These distinct smooth coated tricolor dogs are an intelligent, highly energised breed. Best for people with an active lifestyle. This is Entelebucher mountain dog, number 11.

COMMENTATOR 1: Somebody just used the word sennenhund. That actually means tricolor. So clearly a tricolor dog.

COMMENTATOR 2: This is a great little breed. I say little. but obviously it's one of the smaller in the group.

COMMENTATOR 3: In the herding.

COMMENTATOR 2: That's right. And it's being-- Neo is being shown by Mike Stone. This is champion Neo of Brunswick, who is also a CDC, and rally dog, and obviously this breed is very versatile, and can learn other sports.

ANNOUNCER: The Finnish Lapphund is a reindeer herding dog from north of the Arctic Circle. Their double coat is waterproof, and serves him well in the coldest climates. For years they've been very popular in Scandinavia as family pets, and also excelled in obedience, agility, and in the show ring. This is Finnish Lapphund. Number 8.


COMMENTATOR 3: We've been watching, this is, what, the fourth group of the night, and the variety. Have you seen-- it seems like the dogs, their handlers have really been in line, in step, we haven't seen anything that's--

COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah, you know I'm sure everybody's really happy right now, because you always hope your dog puts on a great performance, and you put on a good performance, and when it all comes together it's a beautiful thing.

COMMENTATOR 2: Right, exactly. Mickey here being shown by Ellen Akers Perry is a professional handler and does this for a living. Obviously, you're very seasoned at this point.

ANNOUNCER: A German shepherd dog is a highly intelligent, exceptional family dog, who enjoys the endeavors of its owners. Originally bred as a sheep herding and protection dog in Germany, it is competitive in herding, obedience, agility, tracking, and successful both as a service dog, and a policeman's best friend and protector. This is German shepherd dog, number 21.

COMMENTATOR 2: This is Hannah, being shown by Alfonso Escabado.

COMMENTATOR 3: That's another roarer. Very popular.

COMMENTATOR 2: Well, they're a popular breed, they always have been, but they're also such a hard working breed, it's important to note that there is such a work ethic. This with a living fence. This dog would keep the herd together. Protect the herd.

COMMENTATOR 3: And you think, too, here in New York, 9/11 the German shepherd played an important role. March 13th, by the way, canine Veterans Day.

ANNOUNCER: The Icelandic Sheepdog arrived in Iceland in longboats with the first Viking settlers. A hardy and agile Nordic herding Spitz, it has a thick weatherproof coat. Confidence and lively bearing are typical of this gentle, intelligent, and happy dog. Highly alert, it will give visitors an enthusiastic and cheerful welcome. This is Icelandic Sheepdog, number 11

COMMENTATOR 3: Iceland's only native dog, and has appeared on the country's postage stamps.

COMMENTATOR 1: Exactly, it's great to have a country's dog represented here by this breed. But you know we talked about dogs using their voice? This is a dog that uses its voice during herding, just like some of the hound breeds use theirs as well.

COMMENTATOR 2: Right, each herding dog has a different style, different-- They're known. Some have used their eye, some do not. Like you were saying, this one uses voice.

COMMENTATOR 3: Known as the dog of the Vikings.

ANNOUNCER: The miniature American shepherd was developed in California during the 1960s. These dogs were bred for their small size, intelligence, trainability, and herding instinct. This active dog needs both exercise and training. Whether working stock, navigating an agility course, or doing therapy work, a miniature American shepherd does it all with due diligence. This is miniature American shepherd, number 23.

COMMENTATOR 1: So this breed. We breed dogs and develop them to do certain things. So this breed actually herded smaller animals, instead of the large cattle. You know, you look at the dogs and you see similarities, and you say why is it smaller? That's the reason why. They work on a different type of animal.

COMMENTATOR 3: You to pick on somebody your own size.

COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah, exactly.

COMMENTATOR 3: A cool blend of colors, there, too. They really--

COMMENTATOR 2: And speaking of colors, this is champion Moon Babies These Colors Don't Run.

COMMENTATOR 3: It looks like they were painted on her the way those blend together.

ANNOUNCER: Norwegian Buhund is the once cherished companion of the Vikings. Buhund means farm dog in Norwegian. And he's the versatile breed that herds livestock, guards property, and has been used hunting game. It's a double coated, squarely built, Spitz type dog, with an intelligent friendly expression. This is Norwegian buhund, number 8.

COMMENTATOR 2: Anders has multiple herding titles. And we'd love to see that. The show dogs that are in the ring can still do the jobs they were originally bred to do, so obviously he's proven that he has that capability to still herd today.

COMMENTATOR 1: Right, exactly. And the buhund utilizes a different style of herding. He actually utilizes an upright loose-eyed approach to herding, which is a stark contrast to a lot of other herding styles.

COMMENTATOR 3: It has helped to train to aid hearing impaired, and also helping with some police work.

COMMENTATOR 1: That's wonderful. I mean, that's what we love to see.

ANNOUNCER: The old English Sheepdog emerged as a distinct breed in the mid 19th century. Evolving from herding stock, known also as the bob tail with a harsh double coat, resistant to weather and brambles, he has excelled as a drover, handling cattle or sheep on their way to market. This is old English sheep dog. Number 14.

COMMENTATOR 2: This is Elsa, being handled by Heather Johnson. Of course Heather and Colton her husband both got started in dogs through their families, and Swagger, the father of Elsa, won the herding group twice. In 2013 and 2015. Sorry, I just want to make sure, because that's a big deal.

COMMENTATOR 3: Yep. And the old English Sheepdog, a media favorite. Used Elwood, the shaggy dog, "The Brady Bunch." Remember their pet.

ANNOUNCER: Right, I love "The Brady Bunch."

COMMENTATOR 3: Tiger. Hot dogs.

COMMENTATOR 1: That was my era.

COMMENTATOR 3: "Archie" comics. Max in "The Little Mermaid." And--

COMMENTATOR 2: They're a wonderful family dog. They certainly have grooming needs, however, so make sure that you're ready for that. Just wash those feet off, brush it out regularly, and you'll be good to go.

COMMENTATOR 3: Two Best in Show titles for father.

ANNOUNCER: The corgi breed, the Pembroke Welsh corgi was developed in Wales as a livestock and family dog. It dates from least the 10th century. The Pembroke is recognized by their foxy face, sturdy build, and moderately long low shape. Physical agility and the affectionate temperament are paramount characteristics of the Pembroke. This is Pembroke Welsh corgi, number 16.

COMMENTATOR 1: So this corgi. This is a corgi, when you look at the two different ones. This one has legs that go straight down. They don't turn out just a tiny bit, like the other corgi. So you'll see that. Obviously it doesn't have the tail, which we talked about.

COMMENTATOR 2: And again the head shape is very-- ear shape is very different. This is Rose, being handled by Jenny Rangel, who is a third generation dog person. This dog is bred by and owned by Bill Shelton, Steven Layerly. It's also owned by Becky Williams and Debra Salall.

COMMENTATOR 3: Without a job they often are kind of assign themselves their own work, like herding children or other dogs.

COMMENTATOR 2: Of course.

ANNOUNCER: First documented in the 13th century, the Polish lowland sheepdog is a herding dog of considerable ability. The double coat is long, dense, and shaggy. Being strong willed, they do best with a master that is willing to train and socialize them. This is Polish lowland sheepdog, number 18.

COMMENTATOR 2: This is a young dog, just starting out his career. Simon. He won winners dog at the national, which is always the an important win.

COMMENTATOR 3: Jason, you started the evening talking about looking forward to seeing which of the young up and comers may challenge some of the established dogs.

COMMENTATOR 1: Exactly. Yeah, it's always good to see the young dogs coming up, and that just shows that the breeding programs are succeeding and producing better dogs.

COMMENTATOR 2: This dog, Simon is being handled by Lisa Bettis. Who's is professional handler, had many successful wins here at Westminster.

ANNOUNCER: The Puli is ancient breed of Hungary, introduced by the migration of the Magiars over 1,000 years ago. He has the same corded coat as seen on the Commodore. Adept at handling large herds and flocks, the Puli is keenly intelligent and deeply devoted to its owners. This is Puli, number eight.

COMMENTATOR 3: And that coat, the wavy, curly, right, I guess to protect from harsh weather.


COMMENTATOR 1: Exactly I mean that's why you have these coats on dogs. To protect them from the elements, protect them from the terrain that they're working on.

COMMENTATOR 3: I wonder who does the cleaning for that coat?

COMMENTATOR 1: That's-- it's an intensive job to keep them in condition and keep the coat clean. But the cords form naturally. So that part's not the hard part.

COMMENTATOR 2: That's the easy part.

COMMENTATOR 1: And there's a lot of other corder breeds that we're going to see. We see we have the Puli, we have the Commodore. A poodle can actually be shown corded, that we saw earlier. The have Havanese, which was in the toy group can also cord.

ANNOUNCER: An ancient Hungarian herding breed, the Pumi was developed by shepherds who sought a dog that would herd cattle, sheep, pigs on the small farms of Western Hungary. This medium sized bearded dog with wavy and curly hair is intelligent, willing to work, and a quick learner. The breed became eligible to compete at Westminster for the first time in 2017. This is Pumi, number 16.

COMMENTATOR 3: And Casper, here. Not only a herder in the herding, he's a hoarder. Apparently according to his owner, steals pillows off the bed. Probably enjoys resting. Good looking tail, too.

COMMENTATOR 2: Oh, they're a great breed. They're so cute, but you know they were cute face with the ears up and the tail over. But they're a feisty breed. They're very smart. The feisty little breed. And very serious herding dog. This is Casper, being handled by Jennifer Harper.

COMMENTATOR 3: Right, this way.

ANNOUNCER: Pyrenean shepherd hails from the Pyrenees Mountains of France. There the traditional working companions of the larger dog the Great Pyrenees, and were bred to Herd sheep and other livestock. They come in two varieties, smooth faced and rough faced, referring to shorty or shaggy hair. These shepherds excel in agility events, and also make wonderful family companions. This is Pyrenean shepherd, number nine.

COMMENTATOR 3: And they play big. Michael indicated if you have even just two of these, they're enough to manage a flock of a thousand sheep.

COMMENTATOR 1: Sure, and they work with the Great Pyrenees, they had a very specific job compared to Pyrenees. So they didn't have to be the protector of the flock, so they could actually do their job to herd the flock.

COMMENTATOR 2: It's incredible. Think about the size of that dog being able to handle a flock of sheep. This dog, Clipper's, being handled by its breeder, owner, and handler, Brandon Coleman, and we love celebrating the breeder, owner, handlers at Westminster. Loot at Clipper. He's really out with his lead, ready to go.

ANNOUNCER: The Shetland Sheepdog originated in the Shetland Islands, developing there and on the British mainland as a popular affectionate companion and farm dog. His color may be sable, ranging in light golden brown to dark mahogany, black, or blue Merle. The Sheltie's intense desire to please his owner makes him an outstanding worker in obedience and agility trials. This is Shetland sheep dog, number 8.

COMMENTATOR 2: This is champion Lariat Invincible being Kim Alston. Vinnie won his national specialty, and that's a big feat in a popular breed like the Shelties. They are very large numbers that their national specialties. And any national specialty is a big win, and of course then makes you qualified to be invited to Westminster.

COMMENTATOR 1: Right, and a national specialty really is a showcase for that individual breed. That's where all the breeders get together to see everybody's bloodlines. And they maybe open up their bloodline to somebody else's.

ANNOUNCER: The Spanish water dog is a rustic medium sized curly coated all purpose farm dog. Used primarily to herd goats, sheep, and cattle. The breed is devoted to its people and happiest when he has a function to perform. Because of its intelligence, trained ability, and athleticism, this breed excels in all dog sports. This is Spanish water dog, number 7.

COMMENTATOR 3: Now we really-- They didn't want him to smile yet?


COMMENTATOR 3: Don't give anything away yet, right? She, I should say.

COMMENTATOR 2: This is a very old breed, actually. That was newly recognized recently, but like many other herding dogs they need a job to do. They were bred to work, they want to work. And if you don't give them a job, whether it's competing, learning new things, being in different-- training them for something, they'll come up with their own job.

COMMENTATOR 1: You know, Spanish water dog was used to retrieve nets in the fishing boats as well.

ANNOUNCER: The Swedish valhund is a very old Spitz type breed dating from the days of the Vikings. Small, powerful and fearless, they have been kept for centuries is all purpose farm dog for herding cattle, rodent control, and alerting the farmer to visitors. A double coat and characteristic harness markings are an essential feature of the breed. The tail may be long, stubbed or bobbed. This is Swedish Valhund. Number 6.

COMMENTATOR 2: And last in the group tonight is Annie. Who is quite active in many other dogs sports. And so to my point, they're keeping her busy. They're keeping her mentally stimulated and physically in shape.

COMMENTATOR 1: You could see this breed is very good at what it does. Because these were heel nippers. They actually went and nipped on the feet of the cattle when they were driving them.

COMMENTATOR 3: And known for being chatty. We've been talking about the different barks. They kind of yip and yowl, right? Argle-bargle I think they call it?

COMMENTATOR 1: All right, we're going to see him make his final cut here.

COMMENTATOR 2: Mr. Vandiver, taking another look.

COMMENTATOR 3: German shepherds have the most herding group wins, with 17.

COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah, they've been a powerhouse when it was either-- when it was the working group, together and now alone with the herding group.

COMMENTATOR 2: That's right. We have some young dogs here tonight, starting off their careers. And then some more mature dogs.

COMMENTATOR 3: So that's the fourth and final group of tonight.

ANNOUNCER: Mr. Vandiver, I think is pulling out. Jamie Clute with Slick, the border collie. Well, the bouvier is pulled out. The Cardigan Welsh corgi. Rough collie. Old English. And the Pembroke Welsh corgi. Shetland sheepdog.

JUDGE: Move back a bit, please.

COMMENTATOR 1: Now in a herding group, this going to be a true test of their function right now, when he sees them walk. This is very important in this group.

JUDGE: Let's have her out, please.

COMMENTATOR 3: A little extra time there for him.

JUDGE: Come by together.

COMMENTATOR 2: This is his moment, making history. When you look at the herding selects.

COMMENTATOR 3: Can the crowd influence the judge?

COMMENTATOR 1: No. No, the judge-- they're very independent. They do their own thing.

COMMENTATOR 2: Once you're in the ring, you're in your own zone. You're not thinking about everything else going on around you. You're focusing on your job.

COMMENTATOR 1: Just waiting for the end of the line to come around, he's going to make his final picks.

COMMENTATOR 2: Oh. Border collie is pulled out front. That's Slick. Cardigan Welsh corgi. Libby. Elsa, the old English sheepdog. And fourth is the Sheltie. Shetland Sheepdog.

COMMENTATOR 1: Going to send them around one last time.

COMMENTATOR 3: Look at the variety of size and shape.

COMMENTATOR 2: Border collie. Champion Majestic Elite Clever Endeavor wins herding group. Our bull rider is successful.

COMMENTATOR 1: There you go.

COMMENTATOR 2: He stayed on.

COMMENTATOR 1: It's always a bumpy ride.

COMMENTATOR 3: The border collie Slick, rounding out the night. And in position for tomorrow night's 2018 crowning of Best in Show. Recapping the winners throughout the evening.

COMMENTATOR 2: We have the post show.

COMMENTATOR 3: Borzoi Lucy the hound of the toy group winner, Biggie the pug. The non sporting winner, at the [INAUDIBLE] Flynn. And Slick the border collie.

COMMENTATOR 2: We say-- oh I didn't know you [INAUDIBLE] Slick. We're doing post show up here?


KAREN: OK, here I am of course with our border collie, hoping to speak for just a moment. Hi. Congratulations. So this dog has quite a history here at Westminster. How many years has he done well?

JAIMIE CLUTE: Three years.

KAREN: So what does it mean to you to win the group? Because last year the border collie placed fourth.

JAIMIE CLUTE: Yeah, he placed last year too, and the year before. He was fourth last year and third the year before. So it means a lot. He's the top winning dog in the history of the breed, so it means a lot to us, and every day he surprises us. I mean he's got great owners. He's a great dog, and it's been a hell of a ride.

KAREN: So what do you think you can do tonight to get him ready to win tomorrow, Best in Show?

JAIMIE CLUTE: Same thing we do every time. Same, no matter what show, how big, how small, we do the same stuff everywhere. So, same process.

KAREN: OK, well congratulations. Thanks for joining us. Jenny, back to you.