The Herding Dog group
Pug readers must know that Herding dogs are probably some of the most widely-known dogs in the world, though not many people realize this. All those breeds in the herding dog group have one thing in common: they have the incredible ability to be able to herd other animals, that is control where other animals are moving. Because of this special function, the American Kennel Club, an authority when it comes to dogs, included herding dogs in the working dogs group, until 1983, when they decided to make an entirely separate category for herding dogs. Also, Pug wants to show you more about the Miscellaneous Group.
Herding dogs go far back in history, playing an important part in British and Australian history especially in the wool industry, as without them it would have been very hard to move sheep and cattle around. Herding dogs were first bred in European countries like Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Australia, Poland and Israel. In all these countries, a herding dog was used to move around different types of animals, like sheep, cattle and even reindeer.
Pug wants you to know more about the Herding dogs, they include a wide variety of dogs, such as Alsatian, 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, Icelandic Sheepdog, Norwegian Buhund, Old English Sheepdog, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Polish Lowland, Puli, Pyrenean Shepherd, Shetland Sheepdog, and the Swedish Vallhund. This entire group has a wide variety of dogs, all with different shapes, colors, sizes and coatings: they can be small like the Corgis or large like the Old English Sheepdog; long haired like the Puli or the Bearded Collie or short-haired like the Canaan Dog and the Norwegian Buhund. In the case of a small herding dog like the Corgi or the Swedish Vallhund, don’t think less of him just because of its size: they are amazing herders, especially because of its quickness and agility to get the job done as fast and as best as possible.
At Pug we know that regardless of their physical differences, all these dogs have the common characteristic that they are able to respond quickly and amazingly to any sort of training. In the case of herding tasks, it’s important for the dog to undergo an appropriate training. He needs to be able to feel comfortable around live stock and know that when he is working, it’s time to get serious. Since herding dogs are quick at picking up new skills by nature, they’ll adapt to herding training in no time.
If you’re thinking about getting a herding dog for its special ability to work with live stock, you can’t go wrong with this decision. However, if you’re looking for a pet, you can’t go wrong either. They are loving and loyal dogs, and since they are specially good with kids, these dogs can be the perfect addition to the family.
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Belgian Groenendael
- Belgian Malinois
- Bouvier des Flandres
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi
- Miniature Australian Shepherd
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- Shetland Sheepdog