The shepherd dog protects, monitors and leads the herds thanks to its intelligence and athletic form. Here are the top 13 best herding dogs.
The Australian Shepherd
An Australian Shepherd posing in front of a white background. Credit: GlobalP
The Australian Shepherd is known to be a mischievous and very intelligent dog. Despite its name, its origins are not entirely Australian. This breed of dog was formalized in 1977 in California. The Australian Shepherd has a sporty build: it is the ideal companion to indulge in many outdoor activities such as hiking, jogging and horseback riding. This animal is also endowed with a large ability to concentrate and excels in obedience disciplines. That’s why it remains perfect for managing herds of sheep and cows in the vast grasslands.
The Belgian Shepherd Malinois
A very fit Malinois Belgian Shepherd Dog Credit: Sansargo
The Belgian Shepherd Malinois is one of the most popular and photographed Belgian breeds. There are three main families: Tervueren, Groenendael and Laekenois. There are a lot of Malinois among the French police, because these canines are very good in stalking operations and tracking work. They are also good at protection civil. Their great learning ability and good memory make them excellent watchdogs. This breed requires a firm, but fair education. It is not suitable for negligent or constantly absent owners from the house.
The Border Collie
A Border Collie leading a flock of sheep Credit: Vladimir1965
The Border Collie is one of the most intelligent and dynamic dog breeds. He overflows with sympathy and always wants to move. It is therefore presented as the ideal dog or puppy for active families looking for a companion for games and walks. The education of a Border Collie is very pleasant, because this animal has an exceptional capacity for learning and he loves to please his master by obeying orders. In fact, he has the taste for work and service. As he can be suspicious of strangers, it is necessary to socialize him as soon as possible. Cohabitation with other dogs is preferable for the Border Collie to be well balanced.
The long-haired Collie
A beautiful long-haired Collie Credit: Cavan Images
The Rough Collie is of Scottish origin. It would come from the cross between the Russian Greyhound and the Irish Setter. This dog has a calm and gentle temperament. He is very patient and protective of children. This breed was popularized by the famous novel “Lassie faithful dog” written by Eric Knight in 1940, but it was formalized in 1873. The long-haired Collie remains today an excellent herding dog that monitors, guards and guides herds. It is also used as an auxiliary for the police or as a guide for the blind.
The Shetland Sheepdog
A Shetland Sheepdog on the rocks Credit: Nora Cute Sheltie
The Shetland Sheepdog is sometimes confused with the Miniature Collie, but these are two breeds that have nothing to do with each other. This small sheepdog is originally from Scotland. He has a playful character and presents himself as a good companion for children. He is also very endearing and protective towards his master. This dog can be stubborn, his education requires firmness and a lot of patience. The Shetland is also a very good guardian and does not hesitate to bark to signal an approaching stranger. This very active dog also needs attention, he can become depressed if he feels neglected. Although it adapts to all environments, the Shetland Sheepdog appreciates large spaces and houses with a garden that will allow it to exercise.
The Picard shepherd
A Picard shepherd sitting in front of a white background Credit: Cynoclub
The Berger Picard is a medium sized dog with a rustic appearance. These origins date back to the 8th century. It is a very versatile breed that lives as well in city apartments as in the fields in the countryside. He has a lively and mischievous character, but he learns quickly. His education requires calm and firmness. With proper training, he can become an obedient and helpful dog. This dog is affectionate and protective of his family, but can be suspicious and distant around strangers. He must be socialized from a young age. Enjoying a Iron healththis dog however enjoys long walks and outdoor outings with his masters.
The Shepherd of the Pyrenees Mountains
A sheepdog from the Pyrenees Mountains Credit: Cynoclub
Also known as “Patou”, the Pyrenean Mountain Shepherd is a huge dog that can reach 80 cm at the withers. But despite its imposing size, this doggie is very gentle. Very good guardian, his powerful barking may interfere in the apartments. City life is not recommended for this dog who rather likes wide open spaces. This great shepherd is however not a great runner, but prefers to watch the herds from afar so as to be able to bark as soon as he sees a sheep moving away. Additionally, it has a great sense of family and remain faithful all his life. Although he is gentle and patient with children, you must remain vigilant, because this imposing dog does not always realize his strength.
The Shepherd of Brie
A Brie shepherd in a wheat field Credit: LottaVess
The Brie Shepherd has an impressive size. With its more than 40 kg and nearly 70 cm at the withers, it is one of the most massive sheepdogs. However, its imposing size does not make it any less a sweet and playful dog. Moreover, he does not always realize his large size and does not hesitate to let off steam like a little puppy. He loves physical activities and long walks. The Brie Shepherd is also sensitive and shows possessive of his master. It is therefore recommended to socialize him from an early age. Enjoying excellent health, it is nevertheless necessary to watch his diet in order to control his weight gain. Also, the coat of the Brie Shepherd needs regular brushing.
The White Swiss Shepherd
A magnificent White Swiss Shepherd in the fields Credit: 24K-Production
The Berger Blanc Suisse is a derivative of the German Shepherd, but with white colored fur. It was only made official in 2002. This dog first impresses with its beauty, but also wins hearts with its playful, affectionate and energetic character. On the other hand, as a shepherd dog, he lacks liveliness. The White Swiss Shepherd is a very sociable dog. He does not tolerate loneliness well and needs regular outings to exercise and get some fresh air. He can become depressed if he stays locked up and tied up all day long. Very good guardian, he protects his family and their property with devotion. On the other hand, this dog must be educated with firmness, because it is not always obedient. In addition, this shepherd dog is capable of carrying out first aid operations.
The German Shepherd
A German shepherd in a forest Credit: Legolin
The German Shepherd appeared in Germany in the 19th century. And since then, he has become one of the most popular dogs in France and around the world. Very agile and intelligent, this dog excels as a guard and has proven itself in herding and protecting herds. He is also very active as a tracker and tracker. In addition to these many abilities, the German Shepherd is also very loyal and obedient. He memorizes the orders and the people he meets well and recognizes them even with a disguise. It is also one of best police dogs in the world. With its strong character, this dog must be well educated from an early age.
The Dutch Shepherd
A Dutch Sheepdog walking Credit: Tamara Harding
The Dutch Shepherd was threatened with extinction at the end of the 19th century, but fortunately Dutch breeders managed to multiply its breed in order to preserve it. This dog arrived in France in 1990. Docile and very loyal, this dog remains devoted to his master and all his family. Moreover, he is the type to follow his master everywhere, because he does not like loneliness. He also presents himself as an excellent tracker. Vigilant and brave, he is also a house keeper you can count on. However, it should be remembered that the Dutch Shepherd needs to exert himself, and can become destructive if he lives in an apartment or in a space that is too narrow.
The Australian Cattle Dog
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The Australian Cattle Dog is a formidable herder and hunting dog. Resistant and energetic, this dog loves the great outdoors and large spaces that allow him to let off steam. Descended from the Dingo, and often crossed with the Corgi, it can be unpredictable and therefore should not be put into all hands. Indeed, when he lives with other animals, he likes to be the leader of the pack if the hierarchy is not inculcated in his education from an early age. His training must be firm and without a power struggle. This shepherd is however obedient and assimilates his learning well.
Photo of a Bobtail sitting on the grass Credit: Radarreklama
The Bobtail is a large, long-haired dog that looks like plush. Originally from Great Britain, it was made official in 1970. Long before being a companion dog, this dog was a guardian and herdsman for decades. The Bobtail is calm and very attentive. He has a very good memory and assimilates learning well. Today, he is mostly kept indoors, as his long, silky coat requires a lot of maintenance. With the family, this dog likes to serve and feel useful. This dog cannot stand loneliness and socializes well in groups. He needs to be walked from time to time to spend himself.