Wilfred Scheld was a koermeister and the Head Herding Judge of the SV. I had the privilege of showing/koering under him and spending time with him. The last koer he did that I attended - he gave a presentation about herding and it's place in the breed, along with a discussion of the lines, drive and movement needed to tend flocks of up to 2000 sheep. (YES - 2000!!!!)
He stated that the show dogs did not normally have the drive or stamina for real life herding, and that many modern working lines dogs were too high prey - due to sport breeding. He said many real herding dogs were crosses of SL and WL.
He also showed a 3 time HGH Siegerin of Germany - who was a dark sable female - "like your dog - same build and drive" ie - comparing her to my Csabre. He stated unequivocally that the common straighter shoulder of the working dog was just as, if not MORE, functionable for herding movement....that the dogs did NOT tire and if anything, had more stamina as they were not using extreme effort to reach....
I really wish we had taped this presentation!!!!!!
I had shown all my dogs to him as a puppies, and he chuckled seeing his name on Csabre's pink papers on the dental. He remembered her and I was so pleased at his comments during the measurement phase. Then, during the koer, he gathered the crowd around and asked for their attention to critique Csabre, telling them she was a "genetic treasure" due to her size, structure, color and pedigree. He also repeated some breeding advice, then afterwards, we went through the pedigree of my (intended) K litter together.....I wish we had been able to present Kira to him - I looked forward to that! He passed away last year, and will be missed.
Hexe Sch2, Komet & Kougar IPO1, Kira HGH, SG Bengal, Lynx v Wolfstraum ~ Ziberia IPO1 ~ ATB Basha, Kougar & Kyra, Fenja, Sch3s, Cito, Sch2, DangerRH, Csabre & Alice Sch1s ~Kelsey