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Herding Dogs

herding dogsHerding dogs were developed to assist humans in the movement of livestock, especially cattle, sheep, goats and reindeer. In non-working environments pure instinct prompts many of these dogs to gently herd their owners, especially the children of the family. 

The demands placed on the herding breeds in the course of their work has done much to shape both the dog and it's temperament.

The Australian Cattle Dog and the Welsh Corgi have a temperament and structure suited for "heeling" stubborn cattle; their aggressive confidence and willingness to nip and bark are especially useful in the cramped confines of a stockyard.

In contrast, Border Collies herd with a silent, and non-aggressive, intense stare and crouch that mimics a stalking predator. This makes them perfectly suited for working flighty sheep at great distances from the shepherd over varied terrain.