Herding Dogs

The dogs in this category were developed to control large flocks of sheep or herds of cattle. They still retain that ability today, even though most of them never lay eyes on a Merino or Longhorn.

Energetic, smart, and serious, they're big proponents of family togetherness and like nothing better than to see the whole family in the same room so they can keep an eye on them.

Herding breeds are protective of their people and property and make excellent watchdogs. They have a tendency to nip at or bump people, not because they're mean but because that's how they're wired to herd.

With firm, consistent training, they can learn to behave in a more appropriate fashion. Their intelligence, agility, and activity level make them well suited to dog sports.

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  • Appenzeller Sennenhunde

    Appenzeller Sennenhunde

  • Australian Cattle Dog

    Australian Cattle Dog

  • Australian Shepherd

    Australian Shepherd

  • Bearded Collie

    Bearded Collie

  • Belgian Malinois

    Belgian Malinois

  • Belgian Sheepdog

    Belgian Sheepdog

  • Belgian Tervuren

    Belgian Tervuren

  • Berger Picard

    Berger Picard

  • Border Collie

    Border Collie

  • Bouvier des Flandres

    Bouvier des Flandres

  • Briard


  • Canaan Dog

    Canaan Dog

  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi

    Cardigan Welsh Corgi

  • Catahoula Leopard Dog

    Catahoula Leopard Dog

  • Collie


  • Entlebucher Mountain Dog

    Entlebucher Mountain Dog

  • Finnish Lapphund

    Finnish Lapphund

  • German Shepherd Dog

    German Shepherd Dog

  • Icelandic Sheepdog

    Icelandic Sheepdog

  • Lancashire Heeler

    Lancashire Heeler

  • Norwegian Buhund

    Norwegian Buhund

  • Old English Sheepdog

    Old English Sheepdog

  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi

    Pembroke Welsh Corgi

  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog

    Polish Lowland Sheepdog

  • Puli


  • Pyrenean Shepherd

    Pyrenean Shepherd

  • Shetland Sheepdog

    Shetland Sheepdog

  • Swedish Vallhund

    Swedish Vallhund