Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted June 2, 2014
The dog I worked with was sired by the champion Cordelia's Dusty, and it showed.
I worked for the dog's owner and did some training with them and some other dogs, and Dusty separated himself from the pack instantly. The others were home-bred from two not terrible cattle dogs, and had absolutely zero interest in cattle. You can train cattle dogs to do a lot, but if they don't have any interest in cattle in the first place, you're wasting your time.
Dusty was interested and instinctively knew where to place himself in relation to us and the mob of weaner cattle we were using for training. The only things we had to teach him were the commands for left and right, and some other specifics like when to approach the mob with force and when to take a drink, which he also picked up very quickly. After about 3 rounds in the round yard I would have felt comfortable leaving him with a small mob and trusting that it wouldn't go anywhere.
Two friends of mine have Keplies as well, though not as working dogs, and they are the best trained domestic dogs I have ever seen.