Herding Dogs

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  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white, cream, black, red, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof
An ancient breed, Canaans are loving and loyal with their families but aloof with strangers. They are highly intelligent and a good fit for experienced dog owners.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof
Entlebucher mountain dogs are energetic workers and enthusiastic companions. The breed, while rare in the U.S., is a great fit for active pet parents who want a smart dog that loves to be on the go.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
The pumi may look like a teddy bear that’s come to life, but these brainy dogs are more than mere fluff. Find out more about these Hungarian herders with a comically endearing appearance.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful
Berger Picards are a loving and active dog. They're fairly rare, especially outside of France, but have won the hearts of many with their big ears, sweet eyes, and silly nature.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, requires lots of grooming, cold weather tolerant
  • colors: blue, white, gray, fawn, black
  • patterns: bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing
Old English sheepdogs are intelligent, agile dogs with heavy, fluffy coats who are happiest when they are with their human family. Find out if the Old English sheepdog might be the right pet for your lifestyle.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn, black, white, blue, gray
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle, sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Sweet-tempered and eager-to-please, Shetland sheepdogs, or "Shelties" as they’re affectionately called, are a popular hardworking, attentive, and affectionate breed.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, blue, gray
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Loyal but independent, an affectionate Australian cattle dog is a great match for anyone who shares his intelligence, high energy, attention to detail, and activity level. Learn more about this exceptional herding dog.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly
The Belgian sheepdog (also called the Belgian shepherd or Groenendael) has a long black coat, confident strut, and craves human attention. A herding dog with lots of brains and even more energy, he thrives in active households.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, strong loyalty tendencies, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray
  • patterns: brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
Big, brainy, and boasting a shaggy double coat, the Bouvier des Flandres is a versatile working dog and family companion. But because of his intense grooming and activity needs, he’s not for everyone.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black
  • patterns: black and tan, harlequin
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, aloof, playful
As the largest French herding breed, the "Beauce" is a very active, extremely intelligent, and versatile sheep herder, working partner, and loving companion.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, hot weather tolerant, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, cream, black, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly
Bred as working dogs, Australian kelpies still love being put to work whether their task is herding sheep, catching a ball, or making it to the finish line of an agility course. They require lots of exercise and mental stimulation and make great pets for active families who want energetic, affectionate, and loyal companions. 
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, easy to train, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, apartment-friendly, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, red, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, gentle, friendly, playful
Once valued as a prized cattle and sheep herder, a Cardigan Welsh corgi is an active companion who bonds well with his family members and is ready for adventure.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: red, gold / yellow, black, blue, white, gray
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
What you think is a corgi might actually be a Swedish vallhund, an intelligent, energetic, and devoted herding dog. Though he has Viking ancestors, he's relatively new to the U.S.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, fawn, black, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
The Pembroke Welsh corgi is an active, intelligent, and beloved breed that has become extremely popular in recent years. Find out why people love corgis (and their little legs).
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, gray, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful, anxious, aloof
The ever-loyal German shepherd consistently ranks at the top of the most popular dog breeds in America, and it's easy to see why. With their calm, confident demeanor, these protective pups are eager to please and quick to learn.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, blue, black
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Australian shepherds are intelligent, loyal, energetic dogs that love spending quality time exploring with their owners. Learn more about living with Aussies.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: brindle, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: playful, aloof
Athletic, intelligent, and endlessly loyal, the striking and surprisingly goofy Belgian Tervuren thrives when he has a job to do, space to explore, and an experienced owner to guide him.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tolerates being alone, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing
Briards are active dogs that will win your affection with their work ethic and rugged good looks. These large, long-haired dogs are loyal, affectionate, and confident.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful, outgoing
Bearded collies are active and friendly. The herding breed excels on the farm, but families love the long-haired dogs thanks to their affectionate natures, playful personalities, and easygoing attitude. 
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, fawn
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof
The Belgian Malinois (or “Mal” for short) is a high-energy herding breed who loves to put his intelligence and intense focus to work. Learn more about living with Belgian Malinois.