List of herding dog breeds (+ character description)

Australian Shepherd 

The function of herding dog breeds was one of the first functions developed by humans during the domesticizing process of this animal. Herding dog breeds are usually described as intelligent, affectionate and energetic and these adjectives are not wrong! They are of the most popular breeds in the world as they express purpose of herding livestock and they are extremely loyal and dedicated to their owners.

Another adjective that well describes them is athletics as they have a lot of energies. This fact is important to take into consideration when thinking about adopting one of these dogs as they require a high mental and physical stimulation. If they are not given the proper amount, they can develop problematic behaviours. They are meant to have owners that have a lot of time, dedication and space! Here are the best 12 working and athletic runners! 

 

Australian cattle dog

The first in our list is the Australian cattle dog which is a small and highly athletic dog. They were used and still nowadays in Australia to drive and herd cattle on the massive ranches. They can run for hours without stopping and are really intelligent. They are loyal animals that love human companions. The peculiar coat of these dogs can be a mottled mix of blue or red tones. They are suitable for grazing cattle and sheep

Australian cattle dog

 

Australian Kelpie 

The Australian Kelpie is medium sizes and, in contrast to the Australian cattle dog, this breed is really independent and does not need to companions of humans. They require a lot of training and they are not good for urban environments.

Australian Kelpie 

 

Australian Shepherd 

As a fun fact the Australian Shepherd is not actually Australian but originated in the United States and was developed as a working dog to herd livestock. They have a lot of energy and this energy can be dealt by doing specific jobs. If not, they can become bored and even destructive. They are loyal, affectionate and protective.

Australian Shepherd 

 

Bearded Collie 

The Bearded Collie was developed in Scotland to herd sheep. They are used to cold temperatures and rough terrain. To handle the cold they have long hair and have an affectionate personality. They are easy dogs to train and thus, they are perfect for owners who want a herding dog breed and do not want to spend much time training. They are super social and can make friends with everyone.

Bearded Collie 

 

Belgian Shepherd