Ten adorable border collie pups are born in Winston Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace – where their parents are responsible for rounding up a 1,000-headed flock of sheep
- Adorable German Shepherd puppies were born to their mother Jazz at Blenheim Palace
- Eight week old Border Collies stood in line for a photo in a 4×4 truck on Wednesday
- The puppies are looked after by farm manager Charles Gerring
- One of the puppies, named Nell, will go to work with her parents after training
These 10 adorable German Shepherd puppies were born to their mother Jazz, who is responsible for rounding up more than 1,000 sheep at the historic Blenheim Palace.
The eight-week-old litter of border collie puppies stood up for a team photo on Wednesday and peered over the tailgate of farm manager Charles Gerring’s 4×4 truck.
The pups are looked after by Mr Gerring, who looks after a 1,000-head herd in the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic palace.
The dogs are descendants of the fourth generation of a shepherd dog that belonged to a former head shepherd and was given to Mr. Gerring in 1993 when he started working in Blenheim.
The eight-week-old litter of border collie puppies stood up for a team photo on Wednesday and peered over the tailgate of farm manager Charles Gerringring’s 4×4 truck
The pups are cared for by Mr Gerring (pictured with the puppy Nell) who looks after a 1,000 strong herd in the historic Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Historic Palace
A spokesman for Blenheim Palace said: “Both parents, Mama Jazz and Papa Ben, work as sheepdogs on the property and Charles has chosen one of the pups named Nell to come to their parents once she is fully trained.”
The remaining pups either go to work homes or become part of active local families.
Mr. Gerring said: “Nell’s father Ben has proven to be an excellent German Shepherd and I have high hopes that she will follow his example, she definitely has the right genes for it.
The farm manager has selected Nell to join her parents Jazz and Ben as work shepherds on the estate when she is fully trained
The remaining pups either go to work homes or become part of active local families
“First of all, she stays with me at home and tries out her herding skills with our flock of chickens in the back garden and I will bring her with me at the weekend to get used to the sheep.”
He added, “The right training will start in a few months, but she is already showing a lot of interest in the sheep and hopefully she will get some tips from her parents.
“The grasslands of the” Capability “Brown park offer almost ideal conditions for the extensive herd to graze all year round.
Blenheim Estate allows its sheep to give birth outdoors to give the lambs the best spring grass and nutrients they need.
The dogs are descendants of the fourth generation of a shepherd dog that belonged to a former head shepherd who was given to Mr. Gerring when he started in Blenheim in 1993
Proper training for Nell won’t start for a few months, but Mr. Gerring said Nell “is already showing a lot of interest in the sheep and will hopefully pick up some tips from her parents”.