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Category: Herding

Mudi

Mudi

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

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund

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

Portuguese Sheepdog

Portuguese Sheepdog

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

Norwegian Buhund Breed Description

Norwegian Buhund

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

Finnish Lapphund Breed Description

Finnish Lapphund

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

Dutch Shepherd Dog

Dutch Shepherd Dog

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

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

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

Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie

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

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

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

Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

History 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

Belgian Shepherd Dog

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

Border Collie

Border Collie

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

Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier Des Flandres

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

Briard

Briard

History 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 Collie

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

Smooth Collie

Smooth Collie

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

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog History One of the world’s best known breeds, the German Shepherd Dog was created by Rittmeister Max von...

Iceland Sheepdog Breed Description

Iceland Sheepdog

History 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

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

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Breed Description

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

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

Puli

Puli

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

Schapendoes (Dutch Sheepdog)

Schapendoes (Dutch Sheepdog)

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

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

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

Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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

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