Herding Dogs

Pyrenean Shepherd

These lean but muscular dogs have breathtaking speed, grace, and intelligence. The Pyrenean Shepherd’s passion for their family is matched only by their passion for work, and parents of this dog breed should be prepared to give their dogs a job to do, whether it’s a competitive dog sport or …

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Shetland Sheepdog

Canines of the Shetland Sheepdog dog breed stood guard for farmers in the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland, keeping hungry birds and sheep out of the farmer’s garden, and they served as herding dogs as well. Today they’re excellent family companions and superstars in dog sports. Many fans …

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Swedish Lapphund

The Swedish Lappund, also called the Swedish Lappie or just Lappie by enthusiasts, is a member of the Spitz family along with Siberian Huskies, Akitas, and Alaskan Malamutes. The Lapphund is named after the Lapland in the northernmost parts of Sweden, Finland, and Norway, and they’re the national dog of …

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Swedish Vallhund

True to their heritage as a working farm dog breed, the Swedish Vallhund is an intelligent and alert companion. They’re active dogs who need equally active pet parents. Although these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Consider adoption if you’d like …

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Estrela Mountain Dog

The Estrela Mountain Dog is a purebred dog from the Estrela Mountains of Portugal. Courageous, protective, and loyal, these pups have some of the best qualities of most dog breeds around today. The Estrela Mountain Dog goes by several names, including Portuguese Shepherd and Cao da Serra da Estrela. These …

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Finnish Lapphund

Believe it or not, the hard-working Finnish Lapphund dog breed earned their keep herding reindeer in their native Lapland, in the far north of Finland. Friendly and gentle, the breed retains a strong herding instinct. Even though these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters …

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German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog is one of America’s most popular dog breeds — for good reasons. They’re intelligent and capable working dogs. Their devotion and courage are unmatched. And they’re amazingly versatile. The breed also goes by the name Alsatian. Despite their purebred status, you may find German Shepherds in …

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Icelandic Sheepdog

Thought to be companions to the ancient Vikings, the Icelandic Sheepdog breed was used to protect flocks, especially lambs, from birds of prey. They still retain the habit of watching the sky and barking at birds — as well as everything else they see or hear. This breed is also …

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Lancashire Heeler

The Lancashire Heeler was once used to drive livestock to market and hunt rats and rabbits at home. Now, they’re a popular companion dog breed in their native Britain. Although these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of rescue groups or shelters. Remember to adopt! Don’t …

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Mudi

Alert, active, and smart, the Mudi (pronounced “moody”) is a highly trainable herding dog who can perform almost any task well. That includes watchdog duties, hunting, agility and obedience competitions, search and rescue, and more. Also known as the Hungarian Mudi, this breed originated in Hungary. They helped shepherds maintain …

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