Herding Dogs comprise dog breeds as diversified as Collies, German Shepherds, Sheepdogs and Corgis which were all bred to herd livestock.
The Border Collie is the dog breed most likely to spring to mind when you think of herding dogs. Highly intelligent and active, eye contact backed by aggressive barking is of paramount importance as they relentlessly will recalcitrant members of the herd to do as they are bid.
Tremendous energy is expended as they run frantically to keep the herd together. These dogs require skilled training and thrive on the satisfaction of a job well done.
The herding group includes:
But I’m afraid that there are a lot more things to consider before you come to a final decision as to which type of dog is right for you. For example, the amount of grooming involved, the level of involvement from the rest of the family, what will happen to your new friend when you decide to travel, and so much more.