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Animals, Volume 9, Issue 7 (July 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Livestock herding dogs are indelibly linked to the Australian farming landscape. Yet information on [...] Read more. Livestock herding dogs are indelibly linked to the Australian farming landscape. Yet information on these dogs and their handlers and breeders is limited. This study examined the perceived value of behavioural traits in these dogs across four working and competition environments. Our results identified that the value of the behavioural traits differed between contexts. Further analysis revealed two main groups of breeders and handlers. The first group preferred highly skilled dogs, whereas the second group preferred ‘jack of all trade’ dogs. Why is this information of importance to Australian livestock herding dog handlers and breeders? Because matching handlers with suitable dogs is critical to ensuring a successful working relationship. View this paper