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Icelandic Sheepdog

Miniature American Shepherd

Finnish Lapphund

cardigan welsh corgi

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi tends to be more laid back than its Pembroke cousin. Tough, courageous and determined this welsh corgi is always up for a challenge!

Rolling…rolling…rolling… keep them doggies movin’, Rawhide!

herding-dogsHerding dogs of the herding or Pastoral group  as they are known by some kennel clubs were traditionally bred to work with shepherds and ranchers in the guarding and control of livestock.

Herding is an instinctive predatory behavior found in all dogs and is derived from their wolf ancestry.

Through thousands of years of selective breeding humans have bred out the dogs natural inclination to treat sheep or cattle as prey whilst maintaining the dog’s innate hunting ability .

The herding breeds are a straightforward group and as the name suggests have at one time or other been used to herd cattle, sheep, and flocks of birds such as geese, the different methods they employed to achieve this have led to a great deal of variation in the breeds.

The lo-slung Corgi for example is bred to nip at the ankles of cattle as they marshal a herd along, causing immense irritation to the cows themselves but low enough of stature to avoid resultant irritated kicks aimed in their direction .Other breeds such as the Border Collie get in front of the herd animals to stare them down and force them to stop or change direction. These dogs are known as headers whilst other dogs are known as heelers, that is they stay at the rear of the herd and drive it forward.


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Australian Shepherds are intelligent and energetic making good natured and delightful companions for active and outdoors oriented owners.


Calm, discerning,dependable, and hardworking the Beauceron combines playful with protective in equal measure, but needs to be properly socialized with people and other dogs when young.

The Groenendaelor Belgian Sheepdogis a hardworking and loyal companion, intelligent and somewhat independent. Making a fantastically able out doors companion for the active family who wants a protective companion

Quick, alert and reactive, world wide the Border Collie one of the most recognised breeds. Amazingly intelligent and with limitless energy they make great companion dogs for a high tempo and active owner.

The Belgian Tervuren is an active, intelligent and protective dog very similar to his Belgian kin, excelling with families who lead an active outdoorsy life and have the commitment to train /socialise him to the required standard.


The Belgian Malinois has become the breed of choice for law enforcement work and search-rescue.  combining high levels of intelligence, trainability and a strong work ethic. This is a serious dog for serious business.


The Bearded Collie is lively, exuberant and naturally playful making a great dog for an active family, just be prepared for lots of grooming and patience in training!


Blue Heelers AKA Australian Cattle Dogs do everything with the dial turned up to 11! This is a confident, active and strong-willed dog who needs a take charge owner to get the best out of him.


Shetland Sheepdog

Bouvier Des Flandres



Berger Picard

Berger Picard





Canaan Dog

entlebucher mountain dog

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Norwegian Buhund

old english sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog

polish lowland sheepdog

Polish Lowland sheepdog

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are quick witted and fun to be around. Whilst devotion to their owner goes without saying, an inherent snappiness when defending property means good training and an experienced owner is a must.

pyrenean shepherd dog

Pyrenean Shepherd Dog



swedish valhund

The German Shepherd Dog is a versatile,confident breed and well trained makes for a great pet and a devoted friend.

Swedish Vallhund

Spanish Water Dog

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Herding Breeds

 Were bred to live with and round up flocks of sheep or cattle.

They are hard working and require plenty of exercise for their minds and bodies, they have excellent hearing which makes them alert and active watchdogs and are quick to react to changing circumstances, they can be nervous if not socialized properly in puppy hood.

Herding breeds are intelligent being bred to work closely with humans and be responsive to commands; as a result these dogs develop a close bond with their owners and love plenty of stroking and attention. Some however retain a few bad habits  that will need to be trained out;  the Corgi for example is prone to nip at heels and attempt to herd small children.

Livestock Guardians

These are some of the more powerful and larger herding dog breeds, bred to live with and protect flocks from wolves and other predators. They have strong protective instincts and need proper socialisation in puppy hood to avoid aggressive tendencies developing.

They tend to be larger with much heavier coats than their herding cousins and are also less active and sensitive.

Of course like all things canine, rules are not always hard and fast and there are plenty of herding dogs that will herd and guard equally well.

Their protective instinct and decision making abilities make many of these dogs a favourite for service work, the qualities shown by German Shepherds  and Belgian Malinois make them particularly sought after by police, military and search & rescue organisations. In general, these intelligent dogs make excellent companions and respond beautifully to training  and exercise.

Herding dog breeds are used less and less these days in the traditional sense, even the term herding dogs is somewhat of a misnomer as many dogs described in this way are actually guardian dogs with little or no herding ability. Most herding dogs In the truest sense of the term are mostly regarded as ‘working dogs’  with breeds entered in the herding group  purely for the purpose of shows and classification.


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Official American Kennel Club  Herding Group List- follow links for detailed breed info- dogs not to scale.

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