Int. & Hr. Ch.
Croatian Agility Ch.
DRAVA CERTISA - CITA
Cita was given to me as a present from Marko
Zeravica - one of my farmer friends. Cita's mother, Gara (Dona),
was an authentic farm dog who earned her keep on a sheep farm
near the town of Velika Gorica, near Zagreb. Gara was an excellent
sheepdog and in the beginning she was a kind of tutor to Puppy
in herding. I have always believed in Croatian Sheepdogs' great
potential for agility, and so I took one of Gara's undocked
pups in order to prove the point.
Firstly, Cita is a great agility dog. She began agility training
at one year of age. She learned very quickly and in a short
time she was ready for her first competitions. What amazes all
spectators at agility competitions is the speed that this small
dog can achieve. Cita is often the fastest dog in agility competitions
and she leaves Border Collies, Belgian Shepherds, etc. in her
wake! She turns extremely fast and has nice fast "zones"
and these characteristics, in addition to her energetic running,
are her secret weapons.
Cita has been a Croatian agility team member since she was two
years old. At only 2.5 years of age she was 3rd in the team
jumping run and 10th in the individual jumping run at the Agility
World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in 2000. At the World
Championship in Valladolid 2005, Cita was 2nd in the team agility
run and 3rd in the team jumping run. At the age of almost 10,
she won the Croatian agility Championship for the first time
and became Croatian Champion in Large for 2007. Then, she won
Croatian Championship in Large in 2008 and also in 2009.
I use every possible opportunity to work with sheep with Cita.
She has a good herding instinct and she is keen to work. Being
a hard and loose-eyed breed, Cita needs much more time (training)
than my Border Collies, but with each herding session she becomes
better at conducting the flock.
Cita also looks very nice - after about 10 shows she closed
her International and Croatian Show Championship and she was
the World Winner in 2002. One of my main reasons for showing
her was to promote our autochthonous breed in this way.
Cita also enjoys flyball.
To talk about Cita and not to mention her barking would be impossible.
Well, whoever knows Cita also knows that her barking is an essential
part of her, the same as her ears, tail or nose.
Cita's death came suddenly and quickly... I think, with Cita, it couldn't go any other way.
||Croatian team member, 3rd degree,
CACIAg, Croatian Ch. 2007, 2008 & 2009
||Companion dog /A test
||excellent, BOB, INT.CH., CH.HR.,
World CH. 2002
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