Originally I only wanted
to keep a bitch-puppy from the first and only litter of my Nellie. So Moss
grew up at a friend’s house in the city. This is where he got his “urban
manners” and his infatuation with toys of every kind and there he learnt many
useful things. When he stayed with me again for a longer period at the age of
seven months I finally realized that Moss has got exactly the character and
herding qualities that I had hoped for in Nellie’s offspring. Today I cannot
even imagine to be without my “Mousey".
From the beginning of our sheep training I was
delighted with Moss’ willingness to listen to me without loosing his momentum
or his initiative. He is a good stopper but can walk forward again with lots
of power. When he had grown up he also found his balance and developped his
pacing while his flanking had been very good from the start. At the age
of 19 months Moss started his trialing career with a win
in class I (beginner class) in Stapelburg. From Sept.'97 on he ran in 15
trials (class II, intermediate class) and was placed 6 times among
places 1 to 3.
Since Aug.'99 Moss runs in open class
trials (class III) and although at home our training facilities for this class
are rather humble it proved to be effective to be patient and
take time with training. Now in his fifth year Moss has developped the
selfassurance and coolness that are necessary to deal with different
sheep breeds and different trialling conditions successfully. Thus in
his second class III season Moss already qualified for the European
sheepdog Championships ( EM =Europameisterschaft für
Hütehunde) which took place in August 2001 in Rambouillet, France (results).
Even though our result was still rather humble (place 51 of 71)
taking part in such an event was an unforgettable experience. It is a
truely uncomparable feeling to see one's dog gather strange sheep in a
competely unknow terrain from a distance of 450 meters and to work with
him in a combination of independent actions and finely tuned cooperation
through the tasks of a trial. For these moments I am very grateful to my
Fotos of the EM 2001
More fotos of Moss
Not matter how calm and cool Moss is while working
sheep he goes crazy and completely over the top when he sees painted
hurdles. Already as a young dog he discouvered that tunnels and weave
poles mean pure fun and he works hurdles after the motto "Get out of
my way, I'm in a hurry". So much enthusiasm needs a more experienced
and agile partner than me to achieve acceptable results. This is why I am
very grateful to my friend Denise Nardelli, who works with Moss in
Agility, when her time allows. In July 2000 she ran Moss in his first
successful agility show. Since then opportunities have been scarce to my
regret. In Oct.1998 I had already passed the "Begleithundprüfung"
with Moss, which is a prerequisite to run agility dogs in shows here in
Germany. It's a kind of obedience test, probably like the test for
companion dogs (CD, CDX). Even though Moss may not win a lot in agility
shows - his main job is definitely sheepwork - I always enjoy the almost
fanatical enthusiasm with which Moss works in this sport.
Moss is one of those dogs that take a long time to
grow up. For almost two years he looked like a lanky teenager, only then
did he develop the conformation and presence of a grown-up male. His
show carrier seems to be hampered by his "torn blanket"
(i.e. the white patches in his coat) and his uneven ears. In spite of
this he has proven often enough that the quality of his conformation
will satisfy high standards, or so I like to believe. About his "interior
qualities" I have never had any doubts at all.
Moss was accepted for breeding by the German Kennel Club (Club für
Britische Hütehunde e.V.) at the age of 18 months
("Zuchtzulassung"). Because of his hip-score "B"
he wasn't awarded a "recommendation for breeding" although he
fullfills all other requirements ( twice "excellent" at breed
shows, clear of hereditary eye defects) .
At present Moss has been used at stud
once. Seven puppies by Lionheart Amy
were born on 14 September 2001 in the
Kennel of Rolf Franck and Birgit Mausolf. All puppies tested clear for
CEA at seven weeks old.
of his heavy white factore Moss should not be mated to equally white
factored bitches. So those who might think about using Moss at stud should
not only consider his work qualities but also colour genetics in the
Because of the
popularity of his sire (well-known trial dog and EM-team member Ettrick Joe)
and uncle (Joe's full brother Cap of Craigrowan) as stud dogs there are
a lot of half sisters and brothers and cousins around. Many of them are
successful in trialling, (for example Belle
von Dr. H.A. Müller) or in dog sports (for example Eric von Claudia
Elsner, foto on the right) like agility.
Eric vom Blumenhof
Because of his even temperament Moss
sometimes joins me in school activities. Here we take part in a walk/bike-ride
Since Moss is the "man in the
house" he helped his sister Hope raise her puppies. He showed
special skill in teaching her boys the proper manners.