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Herding dogs from Australia in Reno, August 14 and 15.

Herding dogs from Australia in Reno, August 14 and 15 On Australia's outback ranches, grazing was usually meager and cattle would be turned loose for years to feed and fatten up before being rounded up for market. A roundup could stretch over hundreds of miles, and cowboys needed help bringing in the herds; hence, the Queensland heeler or Australian cattle dog was born.

Originally part dingo (a wild native dog), today's Australian cattle dogs are tough, quick, intelligent, and usually colored dark blue or rust with white patches. They're now gaining popularity in the U.S. This month you have a rare chance to see 40 of the best of these zippy canine cowboys in action, when members of the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America gather at the Nevada State Fair in Reno for a national show and competition.

From noon to 6 on Thursday, August 14, there'll be a versatility test, a three-part event covering conformation (body lines), an obedience trial, and cattle working. Each dog works five cattle around a set course through gates and into a pen in this timed event; note how silently the dogs work, urging cattle on with nips at their heels. From noon to 4 on Friday, August 15, 20 dogs will demonstrate cattle-working skills with an instructor.

Both events will be free, in the small arena of the state fairgrounds at 1350 N. Wells Avenue; from I-80 take the Wells Avenue exit and head north 3 blocks. Nevada State Fair dates are august 12 through 17; admission is $5, $2 for seniors and ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and under.
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Title Annotation:Australian Cattle Dog Club's performance at the Nevade State Fair, Reno, Nevada
Publication:Sunset
Date:Aug 1, 1986
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