My long stock coat , Sumo , likewise is a powerful worker , has tackled a sheep that got through the fencing at the back -- running alongside with total grip on its neck (from top or crest) meanwhile digging in deep and hard with his hind legs to control the sheeps movement. When the sheep flipped and he lost his grip and the sheep ran again , Sumo ran after and broadsided the sheep sending it skidding on its side and Sumo the same - both. By then the farmer on his all terrain did the rest. This was the totally natural instinctive drive of the dog , never having had physical contact with sheep , though viewing them peacefully each on the right side of the wire fence at the back of our ten acres.
He is the sire of the pups that Rush and Saphire got.
He is a total smooch --- .
I would say the same thing of my Mathias a long stock bicolour . They are related in that Sumo's dam is Case and Mathias's dam is Case's sister Rachel (black sable) -- different sires .
Very easy trainability .
Very rugged . And I agree they do not shed as much , but when it does come out it tends to twist into ropey clumps which can only be removed when ready .
The outside guard hair are not "long" the undercoat is very dense . Plush .
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