Whiskey is a gem of an
all-round farmdog. He seeks to maintain order and routine,
alerting or acting upon all strange situations. He
understands what people want and has taken very little training.
He brings the horses up for grain and puts them in their own
stall and puts the chickens in the barn at night. He only
herds when needed and has been trained to use his bark rather
than his bite to herd the horses. When he does grip, he
targets the heel, hock, and tail. He will also control the
horses with an icy stare, if they don't comply he will get
tougher with them. He sometimes crouches while herding.
He excels at herding gently unless force is necessary. He
matured early and began pitching-in with chores when he was
12-16 weeks old. He will put away escapees without
direction. Whiskey has a lot of guardian nature with the
stock. He considers all little creatures to be his and
doesn't care if they are newly introduced or not. He is
highly protective of his chicks, defending them from both owls
and hawks. He also took a hit from a naughty rooster who
was trying to flog a 5-year-old boy. He trees prey and is
good at pest control. He and his friend the Norwich
Terrier spend a lot of time searching for voles and mice in the
field. He is never aggressive but is cautious of strangers
until introduced to them.