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Splitting off from the working group in 1983, the herding group all share similar hereditary instincts. Above all else, these breeds were designed to herd and protect livestock – be that sheep, cattle, or the like. In the pursuit of creating dogs capable of the task, many of these breeds are among the most intelligent of any breeds.
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If there’s a dog who could pass the SATs, this one would be a good bet to place your money. This intelligent breed carries an air of self-confidence. They are highly protective of their ‘flock’, be that a flock of sheep or their family.
When it is not herding sheep in the hilly boarder of Scotland and England, this intelligent, black and white workaholic thives on law and order in their surroundings – both in the field and at home. Regarded as one of the most intelligent dogs, when the family is fast asleep, the Border Collie can be found in the study playing chess against itself.
The “cowherd of Flanders” is a large breed whose expertise on the farm extended beyond corralling the herd. A muscled laborer in the field, these dogs make for great watch dogs and family pets. Despite their size, they are gentle and warm to their families.
This large herding dog hailing from France is intelligent and obedient while remaining fearless. While extremely loyal and faithful to their owners, they have a tendency to be more aloof with strangers, as is the case with most herding dogs.
This mid-sized old school cattle Swiss herding dog is the smallest descendant of Molossians, which were the Roman war dogs that later sprung off the breed of Mastiffs. These dogs can be sweet and kind. They can also be unwelcoming to strangers.
A very smart and all purpose worker, the German Shepherd is an athletic, muscular worker that’s relatively easy to train. Their heretic tendencies have them leery of strangers. For that reason, it is best to bring them up from young in a family setting, especially with younger children.
This small breed herding dog is a smaller version of the Australian Shepherd. They are active and energetic. Their trainability and loyalty make them good for the family. Their natural disposition loving people and other animals makes them an easy choice.
This sturdy herding dog can round up cattle, sheep, and horses or can curl up at your feet next to a warm fire. They are loyal and eager to please their owners. They are marvelous with kids, making them a great family dog option.
These small to medium sized sheep dogs from Hungary gained its status as in the herding group by the AKC in 2016. They are a vocal dog that needs to get its exercise. If you can agree to that routine, they are affectionate and caring towards their families.
A mid-sized herding dog, this breed is highly intelligent, clever and vigilant. To be in a family home, there would need to be an exercise schedule for this one. They have tons of energy and need to expend it to be at their best.
The Spanish Water Dog can herd a flock or retrieve waterfowl. Its nature to herd marks a key differentiator from the American and Irish Water dogs of the same name. For family planning purposes, the are hypoallergenic, affectionate and loyal.
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