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Some herding dog breeds work well with any kinds of live stock.

"The herding dog breed has been trained in herding live stock or that is a member of a dog breed developed for herding".

And other herding dogs have been bred for generations to work with specific kinds of animals.

The herding breed has developed working characteristics which enhance their ability to handle live stock, include cattle, sheep, and reindeer.

The term herding dog is used to describe livestock guardian dogs.

Herding Dog Breed - Belgium Malinois

The main function of this type of dog breed is to guard live stock and other animals from predators and theft.

Herding dogs do not guard flocks but move them.

The herding dog is considered a subcategory of the working dog breed.

However, for dog shows they usually allow this dog a separate group.

Dogs have learnt to herd live stock in a variety of different ways.

Some herding dog breeds, such as the Australian Cattle Dog, is known to nip at the heels of animals.

Some dog breeds get in front of the live stock and use what is sometimes referred to as "out staring" the animal to add fear; the Border Collie is a perfect example.

Herding dog breeds have physical characteristics that help them work better, which include stamina, endurance and speed.

This type of dog is often chosen as a family pet because of their intelligence and beauty.

However, always be aware that a herding dog has been bred to be a work dog, and therefore should be kept active at all times.

Herding breeds include the following:


Herding Dog Breed - Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Kelpie
Australian Shepherd
Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog


Basque Shepherd Dog
Bearded Collie
Belgian Shepherd Dog
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael)
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois)
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois)
Herding Dog Breed - Belgium Tervuren Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervuren)
Berger Blanc Suisse
Berger Picard
Blue Lacy
Border Collie
Bouvier des Flandres
Bulgarian Shepherd Dog


Canaan Dog
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Catahoula Leopard Dog
Catalan Sheepdog
Croatian Sheepdog

herding dog breed explained. Australian cattle dog breed picture


Dutch Shepherd Dog


English Shepherd


German Coolie
Giant Schnauzer
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Guejae Gae


Icelandic Sheepdog

Herding dog breed explained. Bearded-collie dog breed picture


Lancashire Heeler
Lapponian Herder


McNab (dog)
Miniature Australian Shepherd


Old English Sheepdog


Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Pyrenean Shepherd

Herding dog breed explained. German shepherd dog breed picture


Rough Collie


Shetland Sheepdog
Smooth Collie
Spanish Water Dog



Herding Dog Breed Trivia

"A herding dog is also known as pastoral breed"

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