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Scottish Dog Breeds Presentation

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The Scottish Dog Breeds presentation will be conducted on Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 1pm.

We need your help in casting the Scottish breeds listed below for our 2024 presentation. If you have a Scottish breed or know someone that does, please contact Diane McLeod: ScottishDogs@sahga.org.

Anyone bringing a dog for the presentation will receive one (1) free admission ticket per dog to be picked up at Will Call. You MUST contact Diane prior to the presentation to take advantage of this opportunity.

Don’t Miss The Parade of Dogs!

After the Scottish Dog presentation, Diane will be organizing a Dog Parade. So please bring your wee (and not so wee) dogs dressed to the nines and join the fun as Diane leads a Parade of Dogs throughout the festival grounds.

There are 14 Scottish Dog Breeds broken into 4 categories:


  • Border Terrier
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier

Herding Dogs

  • Bearded Collies
  • Border Collies
  • Rough Collies
  • Smooth Collies
  • Shetland Sheep Dogs

Gun or Sporting Dog

  • Golden Retriever
  • Gordon Setter


  • Scottish Deerhound

Any assistance you can give us will be appreciated. We will have an area set aside for the owners and dog clubs to use after the presentation. There, people can enjoy visiting with the owners and their furry companions and learn more about the unique qualities and special talents of each breed. Several breed clubs and rescue organizations will be present to discuss the work they do with dogs.

Dog Agility Presentation

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Scottish dog breeds, particularly the herding breeds and most especially the Border Collie are exceptionally good at the sport of Agility. Diane M. McLeod-Davis will be giving short agility demonstration using her Border Collie, Jamie and other skilled agility dogs. She will also be talking about the training process and where you can attend classes.

The Dog Agility Course is located behind the Clan Murray tent. Below is the schedule for the 2024 Games.

Saturday – 9:30am 1:00pm 2:30pm 4:00pm

Sunday – 11:30am 3:00pm

Sheep Herding

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We will not have sheep hoarding at the 2024 games, but we are looking forward to having them in 2025

The first sheepdog trial took place in 1876 when 100 “wild” Welsh sheep were brought to Alexander Palace in London for a demonstration. Three sheep were picked out of the flock and taken to a “far hill.” The Border Collie’s responsibility was to bring the sheep to the middle of the park and place in a pen. The audience was astonished at the dog’s intelligence and only requiring the assistance of hand signals and whistle commands from their handlers to move the sheep. The first recorded U.S. trial was at the 1880 Centennial Year Celebration in Philadelphia. The International Sheepdog Society (UK) and United State Border Collie Handler’s Association (USBCHA) are now the sanctioning bodies for sheepdog trials and the San Antonio Highland Games Sheep Dog Trial is sanctioned by the USBCHA and the Texas Sheep Dog Association with competitors competing for national and state points and prizes.

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