Herding Dog Breeds
Although dogs from this group are born with the basic instincts for herding, they still need to have specialized training from an early age to develop and hone these abilities.
Rounding Them UpThe herding dog breeds work in various ways to control the movement of animals. The basic job they set out to do is to get those herds or flocks in line by surrounding them in a particular fashion.
Some dogs do this in a driving way, while others use circling and gathering techniques. They will also also communicate to the animals in different ways - some by barking, some by staring and some by nipping at their heels at the animals who are more stubborn.
All of the dogs in the herding group work both independently and by paying close attention to commands from their handlers.
Today, a great number of dogs from this group spend their lives far from farm lands and cattle ranges. None the less,
they are still treasured as marvelous, loyal companions and are a delight to train because of their high intelligence.
Consider owning a dog from this group if you would like a very loyal, attentive and active dog that you can train and enter into agility or obedience trials. Herding dog breeds thrive on action and the challenge of these activities, as well as the opportunity to expend some of their high energy.
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AKC Herding Group Dog BreedsClick on any of the herding breeds in the table below to learn more about them individually.
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Other Dog Groups To Consider
- Sporting Dog Group - They love the great outdoors!
- Terrier Dog Breeds - Lively, Fun and Smart!
- Hounds - An interesting and talented dog group
- The Toy Dog Group - Diminutive Dogs With Big Personalities
- Working Dog Group - They like to be kept busy.
- Non-Sporting Dog Group - Oh, I'll bet they'll play a game with you!
- Miscellaneous Dog Group
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