CDCA Herding Certification Program
- Canaan Dogs registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel
Club (UKC), and/or AKC recognized reciprocal international purebred
canine registry organizations (i.e., Israel Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel
Club, British Kennel Club, etc) are eligible to participate in the CDCA
herding instinct certification program. No ILP (indefinite listing
privilege) registered Canaan Dogs are eligible, except those of known
- No Canaan Dogs younger than six (6) months of age may be tested for
certification, except in a ducks/geese test, and then, must not be
younger than 5 months of age.
- Livestock to be used in the certification must be well dog-broke with a
minimum of three (3) head to a maximum of five (5) head to be used for
each dog tested. If more than one dog is to be tested in a day or
session, rotation of the stock during the test will be at the evaluator's
discretion. Sheep, goats, ducks, and geese are the recommended livestock
to be used for the test; cattle may be used if no other livestock are
available, but are not recommended for Canaan Dogs (due to kick height
and cattle unpredictability factors).
- Evaluators must be licensed herding test/trial judges in good standing
with the AKC, American Herding Breed Association (AHBA), Australian
Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) and/or Canadian Kennel Club (CKC). Dogs
certified by any other evaluator than those licensed by the above herding
organizations will have their certification invalidated.
- Canaan Dogs may be certified at any CDCA-sanctioned herding event, by a
private herding instructor as long as that person is a licensed judge as
stated above, or at an AKC, AHBA, ASCA, or Canadian sanctioned herding
event where a herding instinct test is being offered; the owner of the
dog must petition the judge to complete the CDCA evaluation
form (scoresheet) in addition to the official AKC/AHBA/ASCA/CKC
scoresheet at the conclusion of their performance.
- Except for herding instinct tests held as a part of the CDCA National
Specialty events, owners wishing to have their Canaan Dogs certified are
responsible for obtaining the official CDCA Herding
Evaluation form (scoresheet) from either the CDCA website or the CDCA
Herding Chair. A copy of the form, upon the successful completion
(PASSED) of the test by the dog, must each be sent to the CDCA Herding
and Awards Chairperson(s) for acknowledgment of the achievement. Another
copy of the form should be kept by the dog's owner as a part of the dog's
permanent records and, if he/she so desires, a copy given to the
- A Canaan Dog which passes the herding instinct test will be awarded the
CDCA title, Herding Certified (HC) by the Herding and Awards Chairs upon
notification, and the certificate awarded to the owner at the next annual
- For the CDCA Herding Excellent (HCX) title, a Canaan Dog must
successfully pass three (3) herding instinct tests under at least two (2)
different judges. In addition, one of the tests must be a CDCA-sanctioned
herding instinct test (i.e., a test held during a CDCA National
Specialty, regional specialty or other CDCA-sanctioned event). A dog may
obtain two (2) qualifying "legs" within the same day under the same judge
or different judges for each test and provided that sufficient time
(minimum of 1 hr) has elapsed to allow livestock and dog ample rest.
For more information on the CDCA Herding Program, please contact Denise Gordon,
CDCA Herding Chair.
For more information on Canaan Dogs and herding, read our article entitled
“Herding with the Canaan Dog”.
If your Canaan Dog passes a Herding Instinct Evaluation, it will be awarded
the CDCA-HC (Herding Certified) title. Print this Herding Evaluation
Form to register your Canaan Dog's achievement.
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