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Category: Herding

Mudi

Records from 18th century Hungary describe a sheepdog with characteristics typical of a Mudi. Its similarity to other herding breeds such...

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Theories about the origin of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi abound. One suggests they might have been Vallhunds who arrived with the Vikings;...

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund

The origins of the Swedish Vallhund are uncertain. The breed is similar to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and some theories suggest it was...

Portuguese Sheepdog

Portuguese Sheepdog

The Portuguese Sheepdog was born to herd. Sheep, goats, cattle, horses, pigs…the breed’s driving instinct and long coat served it...

Norwegian Buhund Breed Description

Norwegian Buhund

An ancient breed that accompanied northern people into Scandanavia, the Norwegian Buhund herded their flocks and safeguarded their homes;...

Finnish Lapphund Breed Description

Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund originally hunted reindeer and provided protection for the Sami people who lived above the Arctic Circle. When the...

Dutch Shepherd Dog

In the early 1600s, when much of the Netherlands was devoted to sheepherding, the Dutch Shepherd Dog excelled at tending to flocks. But as...

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd had its beginnings in Spain and Andorra with Basque shepherds who used Pyrenean Shepherds to care for their herds....

Australian Kelpie

Few breeds can trace their ancestry as directly as the Australian Kelpie. Brutus and Jenny were two black and tan Smooth Collies brought to...

Australian Cattle Dog

As his name suggests, the Australian Cattle Dog was bred to work cattle in the “land down under”. The stockmen needed a rugged herding...

Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie was first developed in Scotland, where for centuries it was bred as a herding and droving dog. The breed's...

Belgian Shepherd Dog

Known worldwide as the Belgian Groenendael, the Belgian Shepherd is the most popular of the four breeds of Belgian Sheepdogs. The name...

Border Collie

Border Collie

The Border Collie was bred to herd. Sheep herding was a significant occupation in the border country between Scotland, England and Wales....

Bouvier Des Flandres

In the plains of Flanders, Belgium, people needed a dog that could do it all. The Bouvier was expected to herd and drive cattle, act as a...

Briard

Big, bold and intelligent, the Briard is an ancient breed of herding dog with origins in France. History is full of praise for this...

Collie (Rough)

The Collie, a Scottish native, is thought to have originated with the herding dogs the ancient Romans brought to Britain, and has been...

Collie (Smooth)

Developed centuries ago as a herding and guarding dog, the Collie is thought to be named after the Scottish black-faced sheep he protected,...

German Shepherd Dog

One of the world’s best known breeds, the German Shepherd was created by Rittmeister Max von Stephanitz. In the 1890s, von Stephanitz...

Iceland Sheepdog Breed Description

Iceland Sheepdog

Brought to Iceland with the Vikings in 880 CE, the Iceland Sheepdog is a hardy breed greatly influenced by the harsh environment it...

Old English Sheepdog Breed Description

Old English Sheepdog

Despite his name, the Old English Sheepdog is in fact a relatively new breed. His exact progenitors are unknown, but he was likely a mix of...

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Breed Description

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Dating to the 16th century, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog, or Polish Owczarek Nizinny (PON), is descended from the Hungarian Puli. He is...

Puli

The Puli immigrated to Hungary in the early 9th century with the Magyars and their flocks of sheep. The early dogs varied widely in type...

Schapendoes (Dutch Sheepdog)

The hardworking Schapendoes has protected flocks in the Netherlands for hundreds of years, and enjoyed great popularity in the late 1800s...

Shetland Sheepdog

Like most breeds, the Shetland Sheepdog was bred for a purpose. Natives of the sparsely-vegetated Shetland Islands bred small hardy...

Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)

With a history that may date back to 1,000 BC, the name “Corgi” probably derives from the Celtic word for dog. Others believe...

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