Herding Group

The Herding Group, created in 1983, is the newest AKC classification; its members were formerly members of the Working Group. All breeds share the fabulous ability to control the movement of other animals. A remarkable example is the low-set Corgi, perhaps one foot tall at the shoulders, that can drive a herd of cows many times its size to pasture by leaping and nipping at their heels. The vast majority of Herding dogs, as household pets, never cross paths with a farm animal. Nevertheless, pure instinct prompts many of these dogs to gently herd their owners, especially the children of the family. In general, these intelligent dogs make excellent companions and respond beautifully to training exercises.

Beauceron

Smart, obedient, gentle; reserved with strangers, loving and eager to please with preferred humans.

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Belgian Tervuren

Smart, self-assured, very trainable; affectionate and possessive with loved ones.

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Briard

A whole lot of dog: smart, confident, faithful, with plenty of joie de vivre.

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Canaan Dog

Alert, vigilant, territorial; docile with family, aloof with strangers.

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Finnish Lapphund

Reserved with strangers, but usually calm and friendly; submissive at home, courageous at work.

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Icelandic Sheepdog

Confident, cheerful, sociable; the expression “man’s best friend” was coined for dogs like this.

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Puli

Loyal, smart, home-loving; strong-willed but trainable.

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