Herding Dog
Herding Dog

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Herding dogs are friendly and exceptionally enthusiastic, which makes them a popular choice for people looking either for a domestic pet or for a working dog. Collies, shepherds and sheepdogs are among the breeds you’ll find in this group. These dogs love to be outside and can adapt to various climates. They’re trained to act at the sound of a whistle or word of command.

Some herding breeds work well with a variety of animals; others have been bred for generations to work with particular animals, like cattle, sheep and goats. (They’ve even been known to herd chickens.) Herding dogs jump, leap and nip at the heels of any animal they’re herding, and their aggressive barking and eye contact helps them control much larger creatures.

Boisterous and keenly intellectual, they’re wonderful pets for the family and like nothing better than to see the whole family together. Don’t be surprised to find them gently herding the kids around. Herding breeds are defensive of their kin and property, and therefore make fabulous guard dogs.

Breeds in this group include:

  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bearded Collie
  • Beauceron
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Border Collie
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Briard
  • Canaan Dog
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Collie
  • Entlebucher Mountain Dog
  • Finnish Lapphund
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Icelandic Sheepdog
  • Norwegian Buhund
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • Puli
  • Pyrenean Shepherd
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Swedish Vallhund

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