Herding Dog Breeds

Herding Dog breeds were separated from the Working Dog group by the American Kennel Club in 1983 after the latter became too large. It is the newest AKC classification. All herding dogs share the trait of being able to control the movement of other animals. They have been trained to respond to command words or a whistle. Most remarkable is the one-foot tall Corgi that nips and leaps at the heels of cows many times its size to move a whole herd to pasture. Some of the best known herding dogs are the Collie, Border Collie, German Sheppard and Australian Cattle Dog.

A large majority of Herding dogs never see a farm animal or pasture. They make intelligent household pets and respond well to training exercises. By instinct, they can be seen "herding" family members, especially children, by gently nudging them along. Collies, Border Collies and Welsh Corgis are popular as family pets.

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Australian Shepherd Australian Shepherd Herding Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Affectionately nicknamed the “Aussie,” the Australian Shepherd is an animated and active breed with a great deal of stamina for agility, obedience, and even herding livestock. As a loyal, devoted, and wholeheartedly loving dog breed, A

Border Collie Border Collie Herding Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds

Considered the workaholic in the dog world, the Border Collie is a premier sheep herder that is prized around the globe for its extraordinary intelligence, natural instincts, and strong working abilities. Ranked as the number one most intelligent&

Belgian Malinois Belgian Malinois Herding Dog Breeds Large Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Often viewed as the favorite of the four typ

Australian Cattle Dog Australian Cattle Dog Herding Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds Blue Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

The Australian Cattle Dog was developed in A

Catahoula Leopard Dog Catahoula Leopard Dog Herding Dog Breeds Medium Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Blue Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

The Catahoula Leopard Hound, or simply Catah

Some herding dog breeds work well with all kinds of animals while others have been bred to work with a specific kind. They have developed styles and characteristics that enhance their ability to work these animals. Commonly herded animals include cattle, goats, sheep, reindeer and poultry such as chickens, geese and ducks.

The term "herding dog" is sometimes mistakenly used to describe dogs that guard livestock from predators and thieves. Herding dogs may also guard the flock but their primary job is move the animals. It is an important job to the livestock farmer for pasture management.

Herding Dog breeds have been trained to work with other animals in several ways. The Australian Cattle Dog nips at the animal's heels and are called heelers. Other breeds, in particular the Border Collie gets in front of the livestock to stare down the animals with what is called strong eye. They are known as headers or fetchers and keep livestock in a group. Headers go to the front to the animals while heelers work from the back to drive the animals forward. Other herders such as the Australian Koolies and Kelpies use a combination of both methods. The New Zealand Huntaway musters mobs of sheep with its loud bark. German Spepherds are tending dogs, acting as a "living fence" to guide flocks of sheep to graze. They prevent the sheep from eating valuable crops.