Tag: Herding Dog Breeds

Swedish Lapphund

Swedish Lapphund Overview The Swedish Lapphund is another ancient spitz-type breed originating in Lapland of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The breed followed their semi-nomadic owners of the Sami tribe and helped protect them and hunt reindeer. As the tribes settled, the breed instead switched to herding reindeer until …

Swedish Vallhund

Swedish Vallhund Overview The Swedish Vallhund can trace his history back to the west of Sweden, where he has long worked as a multipurpose farm dog. The breed is long and low to the ground, making him adept at herding cattle, and he also makes a competent watchdog …

Spanish Water Dog

  Spanish Water Dog Overview Similar in origin to other water dogs such as the Portuguese, the Spanish Water Dog boasts a history dating back to the 1100s. Their woolly coats and herding capabilities made them excellent water retrieval dogs in Spanish waters. This versatile breed is still …

Shetland Sheepdog

  Shetland Sheepdog Overview During the 1700s, the Shetland Islands were a thriving trading area, bringing fishing boats and along with it several breeds of herding dog. Working sheepdogs from Scotland combined with other Spitz-type dogs to create what is now known as the Shetland Sheepdog. Like many …

Schapendoes

Schapendoes Overview They share a common ancestor with other dogs such as the Briard and Bearded Collie. They have been around for hundreds of years in the Netherlands, where they work as farm dogs, helping to herd and shepherd livestock. Dutch shepherds value this breed for its hard …

Pyrenean Shepherd

Pyrenean Shepherd Overview The Pyrenean Shepherd is a breed designed for working ability. He is quick around sheep and well protected from predators and weather with his coat. These versatile sheepdogs are still used in the Pyrenees Mountains to herd livestock today, due to their ability to adapt …

Pumi

Pumi Overview Pumis and Pulis have a shared history until their split in 18th century Hungary. It was then that the Puli was bred to a terrier-type dog to create a smaller, agile and high energy breed that is the Pumi today. They are treasured as great livestock …

Puli

Puli Overview As Hungary was invaded by Magyars a few thousand years ago, they brought along their shepherding dogs. These dogs then developed into three breeds, the Puli, the Komondor and the Kuvasz. Pulis were smaller and more agile, used for herding and droving. His unique coat also …

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdog Overview The Polish Lowland Sheepdog, also known as Polski Owczarek Nizinny or PON, has been found around Poland since the 1500s. It is possible that he is related to the Puli, and may be the link between corded and long-coated herding breeds. The PON is an …

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Overview The Pembroke Welsh Corgi shares the same background as the cardigan except for one key difference.  Cardigans retained their long tail while Pembrokes have a shortened stub tail.  The breed is named after the area of Pembrokeshire where the breed has been in place …

Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog Overview The exact origin of the Old English Sheepdog is unknown, however, there is thought that the breed came from a mix of Briard, Scottish Deerhound and Russian hounds. The breed has a dense, plush coat that keeps him dry and warm even in the damp …

Norwegian Buhund

  Norwegian Buhund Overview The Norwegian Buhund is another Spitz-type breed. The name comes from the word “Bu” meaning homestead or mountain home. Buhunds helped to protect flocks and the homes of shepherds for thousands of years, with remains dating back to the time of the Vikings.   …

Mudi

Mudi Overview This dog was recently “discovered” as a breed in Hungary, despite its long history of herding stock for centuries. He is a product of need rather than a “designed” breed and was used to help drive animals and help farmers. He is slowly gaining in popularity and …

Lancashire Heeler

Lancashire Heeler Overview The Lancashire Heeler has its origins similar to that of other Corgi-type dogs. He was used to drive cattle in England and quickly became popular in the Lancashire region. In addition to nipping at the heels of cattle, they were proficient in hunting rabbit, rats …

Icelandic Sheepdog

  Icelandic Sheepdog Overview The Icelandic Sheepdog is the only native breed to Iceland. They are an older breed, brought to the country by Vikings during its colonization. The breed is small, useful for navigating the terrain while herding livestock. They are also regarded for their legendary sense …

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

  Entlebucher Mountain Dog Overview The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain breeds and is fairly newly recognized by the AKC. The other breeds similar to the Entlebucher are the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and Bernese Mountain Dog. The Entlebucher is a herding …

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