The Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog is also known as the Sheltie and the Shetland Collie. Their origins are not as well-known as many other breeds. It is believed that they came about in the early 1900s from the crossing of a rough Collie with a Scandinavian Sheepdog cross, a Spaniel, a Pomeranian and possibly a Border Collie. Originally they were called the “Shetland Collie”, but due to complaints from ... Read more

The Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie is also known as the Beardie or the Argle Bargle. Bearded Collies are herding dogs that were originally used by Scottish sheep herders beginning in the 1500s due to their excellent work ability. In 1897 the breed was first classified at the Edinburgh Show of the Scottish Kennel Club and gained worldwide popularity as a family dog by the 1940s.

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The Border Collie

The exact origins of the Border Collie breed are not known. However, it is believed that their descendants originated along the English Scottish borders. The first mention of a "collie" like breed, similar to the Border Collie we know today, was in the late 19th century. Border Collies are one of the best herding dogs in the world. Unlike any other herding dog breed, they possess a hypnotic gaz... Read more

The Herding Dog Group

The Herding group is the newest of all the dog groups. Previously, the dogs that now fall into this group were part of the working dog group. Both the Canadian Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club did not have a herding group previously to 1983. The United Kingdom Kennel club does not have a herding group, nor does the Australian Kennel club or several others.

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The Australian Shepherd

Despite their name Australian Shepherds were not developed in Australia, they were developed in the Western United States. Not only are Australian Shepherds top notch herding dogs, they are also renowned for their adaptability and trainability. They have been trained to work at rodeos and horse shows, and to work on film and television. They also make excellent disaster and search and rescue do... Read more

The Hungarian Puli

The Puli was developed in Hungary more than 1000 years ago. Initially bred for guarding land and herding livestock, they were also good defenders against wolves because their coats protected them from being bite. They were so highly valued, ancient shepherds would often pay as much as a year's worth of salary for one of them.

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Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog was developed in the Catahoula Lakes region in the Deep South Louisiana. 1n 1979, they were made the official state dog of Louisiana. They are an extremely versatile breed being all-purpose farm dogs capable of herding sheep, cattle, semi-wild hogs and Brahma bulls, guardians of home and property, hunters of racoon and squirrels, and trackers of deer.

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The Australian Kelpie

Ancestors of the Australian Kelpie were black dogs called "Colleys". They were brought to Australia in the 1800s and were breed with local dogs and dingoes, to produce a formidable herder of not only sheep, but of chickens, goats and cattle as well. Although, not often seen in North America, the Kelpie enjoys good popularly in their home country of Australia where an estimated 100,000 are empl... Read more