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Phrygia du Canis Dirus - click for full size
On Sunday, October 13, 2002, Phrygia du Canis Dirus became the VERY FIRST Beauceron in the WORLD to earn the Herdengebrauchshund (HGH) or "herding utility dog" title awarded by the German Shepherd Dog Association in Germany. The event was sanctioned by the USA (United Schutzhund Clubs of America). The judge was Klaus Wuttge, a full-time shepherd and SV judge in Germany.

There were 224 sheep and the test for each dog is between an hour to an hour-and-a-half long. Besides the herding portion of the test, each dog was also required to pass a protection test of the shepherd/handler. Phrygia took a third place with a score of 75 out of 100, which is a good (gut) rating.

Phrygia is proudly owned and handled by Geary Loff of New Jersey. The comments from the judged were that Geary and Phrygia presented a "pretty picture" because of the teamwork, and that Phrygia was so obedient.

For more information about HGH style (large flock) herding please visit the trainer's website.


As of June 1, 2002, the Beauceron is eligible to compete in AKC herding events.


Congratulations to . . .


Akiva des Ombres Valeureux (F) DN116817/02
(Oscar du Sentier des Savannes x Sydney des Ombres Valeureux)
Breeder: Debbie Skinner & Debbie Pluss
Owner: Kellie Wolverton
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - February 25, 2007
AKC Herding Started Course A Sheep (HSAs) - July 6, 2008

Congratulations Kellie and Akiva.

Anastacia des Ombres Valeureux (F) DN111554/07
(Phantom des Ombres Valeureux x Rista des Ombres Valeureux)
Breeder: Debbie Skinner
Owner: Stacy Skredsvig & Martin Skredsvig
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - April 22, 2007

Congratulations Stacy, Martin, and Anastacia.

UPDATE Anya Bleue de St Sacrement (F) DN119867/02
(Odin de St Sacrement x Opale Bleue de St Sacrement)
Breeder: Lenna S Hanna-O’Neall & Anne B Sharpe
Owner: Beverly Morean
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - April 12, 2009
AKC Herding Started Course A Sheep (HSAs) - April 18, 2010
AHBA Herding Trial Arena Dog I Sheep - HTAD1(s) - October 24, 2010

Congratulations to Bev and Anya. Anya is also an AKC breed Champion. It just goes to show you the Beauceron can have titles on both ends. Beauty and brains, what more could you ask for.

Arco du Chateau Rocher (M) DN111744/10
(Roc des Anges de l’Ardilliere x Rose Noire du Chateau Rocher)
Breeder/Owner: Karla Davis
AKC Herding Tested (HT) - October 7, 2007
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - April 19, 2009

Congratulations Karla and Arco. Arco is also an AKC breed Champion. Another Beauceorn with both beauty and brains.

Bijou Noir du Chateau Rocher HT (F) DN151639/04
(Oscar du Sentier des Savannes x R’Punkin du Chateau Rocher)
Breeder: Karla Davis
Owner: Jean M Tornquist
AKC Herding Tested (HT) - November 4, 2007

Congratulations Jean and Bijou.

Bindi Bleue du Chateau Rocher (F) DN159996/03
(Roc des Anges de l’Ardilliere x Solitaire Bleue du Chateau Rocher)
Breeder: Karla Davis Owner: Debbie & Mike Baker
AKC Herding Tested (HT) - October 7, 2007
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - October 28, 2007

Congratulations Debbie and Bindi.

Bleiz'h (M) DN217185/01
(Uly de la Prahas x Olga ar Coet Roch)
Breeder: Pierre Guegan
Owner: Kellie Wolverton
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - July 6, 2008

Congratulations Kellie and Bleiz'h.

Breizh (M) DN217185/02
(Uly de la Prahas x Olga ar Coet Roch)
Breeder: Pierre Guegan
Owner: Geary Loff
AKC Herding Excellent Course C Sheep (HXCs) - October 24, 2009

Congratulations Geary and Breizh.

Brandy Noire du Chateau Rocher (F) DN159996/04
(Roc des Anges de l’Ardilliere x Solitaire Bleue du Chateau Rocher)
Breeder: Karla Davis Owner: Janis Kidd & Karla Davis
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - October 12, 2008

Congratulations Janis and Brandy.

UPDATE Chambord des Trois Couronnes (M) DN204525/01
(Viking des Anges de l'Ardilliere x Bonnemine des Anges de l'Ardilliere)
Breeder: Michel Dion
Owner: Beverly I Morean
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - December 28, 2008
AKC Herding Started Course A Sheep (HSAs) - March 27, 2010
AHBA Herding Trial Arena Dog I Sheep - HTAD1(s) - October 24, 2010

Congratulations Beverly and Tank. Tank is also an AKC breed Champion. You can read more about Tank on the Conformation page.

Corbeau du Chateau Rocher (F) DN110926/01
(Sloan du Chateau Rocher x Stormy du Chateau Rocher)
Breeder: Karla Davis
Owner: Carol Kundt
AKC Herding Tested (HT) - February 22, 2009

Congratulations Carol and Raven. Also, a very BIG special thank you to Carol who made all the AKC updates possible. THANK YOU CAROL!!!

New Jakira's K's U-2's Blue Cherokee Ag (B) DN115447/01
(XSir de l'Amouraudiere x Murk la Argente du Domaine des Trois Roues)
Breeder: Aud Johansen
Owner: Susan Walls
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - October 7, 2012

Congratulations to Cherokee and Susan.

La Estrella de Sirius 'Lacey' - click for full size

La Estrella de Sirius (F) DL843316/01
(Glafko du Clos du Nord x Gallaxie de Mavourneen)
Breeder: Tom Kirkland
Owner: Debbie Penn
AHBA Herding Trial Dog I
AKC Herding Started Course A Sheep (HSAs) - September 28, 2002

Lacey was the first Beauceron in the US to earn an AHBA Herding Trial Dog I title. Lacey is not only an accomplished herding dog, but she also has earned a UKC Companion Dog (CD) title. I had the pleasure of watching Lacey herd cattle at the NABC 2001 Journee de Beauceron in California. It was wonderful to watch a Beauceron at work. Keep up the good work Debbie and Lacey!


Niceboy Rupert de St Sacrement (M) DL843254/01
(Irun x Ebene Ubu de la Mare aux Templiers)
Breeder: Anne Sharpe
Owner: Christopher Murray
AKC Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - June 2, 2002

As of June 1, 2002 the Beauceron has been eligible to compete in AKC herding events. It didn't take Rupert and Chris long at all to take advantage of it. Rupert is the very first Beauceron to earn an AKC herding title. Keep up the good work Chris and Rupert! Rupert is also an accomplished agility dog. You can view Rupert's agility accomplishments on the agility page.


O'Cara Bleue de St Sacrement (F) DN138657/01
(Ildanach de la Cite des Grands Feux x Lexis Bleue de St Sacrement)
Owners: Jody & Mike Forsythe
AHBA Junior Herding Dog (JHD) - May 25th, 2003

Cara has now added herding to her long list of accomplishments. Cara is famous for her Search and Rescue work (see SAR page) and also frequently jumps out of airplanes with her owner Mike. But, Cara has not taken to anything quite like she has taken to sheep. Cara loves herding so much that her other owner, Jody, went out and got Cara her very own sheep! The flock continues to grow, so Cara should be getting a lot of herding practice in for future herding events. I just have to ask - What's Next???


Phrygia du Canis Dirus (F)
(Loup x Musique du Canis Dirus)
Breeder: Margo Brady
Owner: Geary Loff
USA HGH - October 13, 2002
USA HGH - October 11, 2003

Phrygia is the first Beauceron in the WORLD to earned a Herdengebrauchshund (HGH) title. This is the large flock German style herding. Phrygia followed it up 2 weeks later with the first two legs of her AKC HSCs (Herding Started - C Course - Sheep) title. Phrygia received a first place and a High In Trial for her second leg! Congratulations Phrygia and Geary!
Update - Phrygia not only earned an HGH title once, but she followed it up by earning it AGAIN the following year!!! Phrygia and Geary are quite an awesome team!


Phantom Herding - click for full size

Piman de la Prahas (Phantom) (M) DL869186/01
(Neron x Milane de la Prahas)
Breeder: Michel Pillard
Owner: Judy Butler
AHBA Parcours A La Francaise, Level II - October 2, 2000
AHBA Herding Ranch Dog III Sheep - HRDIII(s) - November 10, 2002
AHBA Herding Trial Dog II Sheep - HTDII(s) - May 25, 2003
ASCA Started Ducks (STDd) - June 7, 2003
AKC Herding Started Course A Sheep (HSAs) - ???
AKC Herding Intermediate Course A Sheep (HIAs) - August 10, 2003
AKC Herding Excellent Course A Sheep (HXAs) - March 26, 2005
AKC Herding Excellent Course A Ducks (HXAd) - August 13, 2006

** News Flash ** First Beauceron to earn HX ** News Flash **

Phantom is the first Beauceron to earn the AKC Herding Excellent title! Congratulations Judy and Phantom!

By far the most accomplished Beauceron in herding in the United States is Piman de la Prahas, aka Phantom. Phantom and Judy compete in AKC, AHBA, and ASCA herding events. Phantom not only competes with Judy in herding events, he also is a real working farm dog and helps her daily on their sheep farm in California. Phantom's mother, Milane, is also a great herding dog. She is a French herding Champion (one of only a handful of Beaucerons who hold this title). I have had the opportunity to watch Phantom work sheep, and it is just awe inspiring to watch him control the sheep using his natural abilities (with the help of Judy's expert training and handling).

** News Flash ** First Beauceron to earn TDX ** News Flash **

Not only is Phantom the most accomplished Beauceron in herding, but he is also the most accomplished Beauceron in tracking being the only Beauceron to earn a TDX. Check out Phantom's tracking accomplishments on the tracking page. You guys ROCK!!!

RT (F) ILP154677
Owner: Susan Walls
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - April 2, 2006

Congratulations RT and Susan.

Tendresse Ch Du Chateau Rocher (F) DN039178/01
(Jude du Chateau Rocher x Rose Noire du Chateau Rocher)
Breeder: Karla Davis
Owner: Christine Emery
AKC Herding Tested (HT) - November 4, 2007
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - July 6, 2008
AKC Herding Started Course A Sheep (HSAs) - July 4, 2009
AHBA Herding Ranch Dog I Sheep - HRDI(s) - September 27, 2009

Congratulations Tess and Christine. Tess earned her Started title in style with both a High In Trial and a High Combined Champion. Way to go Tess and Chris!

Vendra de Ker Gal - click for full size Vendra de Ker Gal (F) DN251284/01
(Roy des Matins De L'Abbe Rozier x Leale de Trezival)
Breeder: Benoit Le Gal
Owner: Geary Loff
USA HGH - October 6, 2007
AKC Herding Excellent Course C Sheep (HXCs) - October 24, 2009

** News Flash ** Second Beauceron to earn HGH ** News Flash **

In Rushville, NY under SV judge Hans Chifflard from Germany, while in STANDING HEAT, Vendra worked a head of 230 sheep to become only the second Beauceron ever to earn an HGH (Herdengebrauchshund) title. We look forward to seeing much more from this fantastic team.

Virgel du Chateau Rocher (M) DN083621/01
(Sloan Du Chateau Rocher x Ruffian Du Chateau Rocher)
Breeder: Karla Davis
Owner: Debbie Baker
AKC Herding Tested (HT) - March 18, 2006
AHBA Junior Herding Dog (JHD) - February 3, 2007
AKC Herding Pre-Trial Tested (PT) - April 22, 2007
AKC Herding Started Course A Sheep (HSAs) - April 18, 2009

Congratulations Virgel and Debbie. You can also catch Virgel showing in the breed, obedience and rally rings. Keep up the good work Virgel and Debbie!

Voila des Ombres Valeureux (F) DN081241/07
(Phantom des Ombres Valeureux x Sydney des Ombres Valeureux)
Breeder: Debbie Pluss
Owner: Cristina Maxwell
AKC Herding Tested (HT) - April 22, 2007

Congratulations Voila and Cris. You can also find Voila wowing the judges in the conformation ring and also competing in the rally ring.

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