Central Indiana Kennel Club

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.

AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG: ALERT, CURIOUS, PLEASANT

AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD: ​SMART, WORK-ORIENTED, EXUBERANT

BEARDED COLLIE: BOUNCY, SMART, CHARISMATIC

BEAUCERON: ​FAITHFUL, GENTLE, OBEDIENT

BELGIAN MALINOIS: ​SMART, CONFIDENT, HARDWORKING

BELGIAN SHEEPDOG: ​BRIGHT, WATCHFUL, SERIOUS-MINDED

​​BELGIAN TERVUREN: ​INTELLIGENT, COURAGEOUS, ALERT

BERGAMASCO: ​SOCIABLE, INTELLIGENT, INDEPENDENT

BERGER PICARD: GOOD-NATURED, LOYAL, OBSERVENT

BORDER COLLIE: SMART, AFFECTIONATE, ENERGETIC

BOUVIER DES FLANDRES: ​STRONG-WILLED, COURAGEOUS, AFFECTIONATE

BRIARD: SMART, CONFIDENT, FAITHFUL

CANAAN DOG: ​ALERT, VIGILANT, CONFIDENT

CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI: LOYAL, AFFECTIONATE, SMART

COLLIE: GRACEFUL, DEVOTED, PROUD​

ENTLEBUCHER MOUNTAIN DOG: ENTHUSIASTIC, LOYAL, SMART

FINNISH LAPPHUND: AGILE, ALERT, FRIENDLY

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG: SMART, CONFIDENT, COURAGEOUS

​ICELANDIC SHEEPDOG: PLAYFUL, FRIENDLY, INQUISITIVE

MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD: GOOD-NATURED, DEVOTED, INTELLIGENT

NORWEGIAN BUHUND: SMART, PERCEPTIVE, CONFIDENT

OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG​: ADAPTABLE, SMART, GENTLE

PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI: SMART, ALERT, AFFECTIONATE

POLISH LOWLAND SHEEPDOG: LIVELY, CLEVER, CONFIDENT

PULI: LOYAL, SMART, HOME-LOVING

PUMI: ENERGETIC, LIVELY, READY TO WORK

PYRENEAN SHEPHERD: ENTHUSIASTIC, AFFECTIONATE, ACTIVE

SHETLAND SHEEPDOG: BRIGHT, PLAYFUL, ENERGETIC

SPANISH WATER DOG: PLAYFUL BUT ALSO WORK-ORIENTED. VERY ACTIVE AND UPBEAT.

SWEDISH VALLHUND: WATCHFUL, ENERGETIC, FRIENDLY