Scared sheepdogs, 'small sheepdogs'
Last week Ci the Border Collie hit the headlines after his fear of sheep was revealed, even though he's meant to round up his owner's flock. But now another dog is creating a stir in the sheepherding world. This time its Nancy the Chihuahua, who has been caught on camera herding sheep with all the skill of a seasoned Border Collie.
Tiny Nancy weighs just 2.5 lbs but she has proven her expertise in the field, by confidently herding sheep more than six times taller than her.
Farmer Geoff Temple from Surrey has seen Nancy in action, and describes her as "amazing". He explains: "I've been herding for 17 years and I've never seen a Chihuahua work sheep. I now train other people and their dogs and see about 15 people a week, and almost without exception they are all Border Collies. Nancy really is something special - she's a fun-size sheep herder."
The plucky pooch was brought into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home two years ago, when she was aged just three weeks old.
Now meet Ci - the sheepdog who is scared of sheep!
Ci suffers from ovinophobia. That means while he likes to chase the sheep to round them up when he gets close to the flock or they look at him - he runs away!
Farmer Jane Lippington says the only way to get Ci to work, is for her to join in and chase the sheep around the field herself.
See Ci 'in action' here.
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