One Man and His Dog fans will love the latest animal to enter the sheepdog stakes. Nancy the chihuahua, herds sheep with all the skill of a seasoned border collie.
One Man and His Dog fans will love the latest animal to enter the sheepdog stakes. Nancy the chihuahua, herds sheep with all the assurance of a seasoned border collie.
Tiny Nancy weighs 2.5lbs, but 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 says: “I’ve been herding for 17 years and I’ve never seen a chihuahua work sheep. Nancy really is something special – she’s a fun-size sheep herder.”
Nancy was taken into Battersea Dogs and Cats Home two years ago, as a three-week old puppy. She had severe sarcoptic mange and was hand-reared by the animal charity’s head of canine welfare training Ali Taylor.
Ali adopted Nancy, and frequently took the dog on farm visits. Ali explains: “Nancy used to watch all her border collie friends herd the sheep and she seemed very interested in what was going on. One day I decided to give her a whirl in the ring and she picked it up straight away. I started in a very controlled environment, but it quickly became evident that Nancy has natural ability and loves herding sheep.”
Despite Nancy’s impressive skills you won’t see her on One Man and His Dog. Ali explains: “Nancy and I only do this for fun, and to prove that rescue dogs really can do anything.”
Ali also stresses that owners shouldn’t try this at home. “I wouldn’t encourage anyone to try sheep herding with their dog unless it is under proper supervision from an expert,” she says. “Some dogs could react very badly, and you could end up harming your dog and the sheep.”
See Nancy in action on YouTube.