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What is “HAT” and why is it important?

Submitted by on Aug 28, 2009 – 12:43 PMNo Comment
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“HAT” is the acronym of Herding Ability Test
(the equivalent of the Hungarian “TKV”, previously also known as “STP”), which – when used with a pumi’s name – confirms the herding skills of the dog. Since the pumi is a herding dog by definition, one of the most important tasks of today’s breeders is to preserve their instinctive herding abilities – even if they live in big cities far from herds of cows or flocks of sheep. To do this, breeders and owners often take their dogs to a so-called herding instict test at the age of 10-12 months (or any time later). During the test a dog that has never seen sheep before is let loose from the leash in the presence of a small flock without concrete directions from his owner, and is expected to react as his instincts tell him. If the dog shows interest in the sheep and tries to control, to “herd” them, e.g. is running around the flock in circles, barks at the animals, etc., the dog is granted the certificate. However, if the dog shows no interest in the flock or is shy, i.e. runs away from the sheep, the dog fails the test. Dogs and decendants of dogs that have proven their instinctive abilities for herding are of course of greater value.

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