The purpose of the Herding Test, a limited version of a sheepdog
trial, is to safeguard the future development of the Border Collie
by emphasising the importance of the breed's natural herding
Border Collies which achieve Show Champion status in the breed
ring need to succeed in the Herding Test before being made up to
full Champions. However any registered Border Collie may take the
Herding Test and those that pass will now be entitled to use the
letters "SBCHT" at the end of their name.
The test ties in with the Kennel Club's "Fit for Function, Fit
for Life" campaign, which aims to ensure that dogs are bred to be
fit for their original function and to enjoy their lives to the
The Herding Test consists of four principal elements - Outrun,
Bring/Fetch, Balance and Drive - working a group of five to ten
Each dog should pass each section. If a dog fails one section
then it will be at the judges' discretion whether they will be
allowed to attempt part of the test again. As it is the dog's
herding ability which is being tested, dogs may be handled by
anyone, not necessarily the owner.
There are exemptions for dogs which have been successful in
certain Trials affiliated to the International Sheep Dog Society
(ISDS). Full details of these exemptions are available on the
Border Collie Herding Tests page (see link below).
How can I apply to enter my dog in a Herding test?
More information about dates, places and entry forms for future
What does the test involve?
For information about what is required at the test please see
Does your dog have what it takes to become a Full
The Kennel Club is pleased to report that Ch Littlethorn Colt at
Tobermoray, handled by Rachel Spencer from Burton on Trent, has
become the first Border Collie to receive Full Champion status, for
both his sheep herding and showing abilities, in over 15 years.
Follow this link for the full story:
Border Collie Champion.
Show Border Collie Herding Test News
Eric, a Border Collie, owned by Diane Whiting from Shepperton
has passed the Show Border Collie Herding Test, for more
information about Diane and Eric's achievement,