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AKC – Herding Group

The final blog on the AKC groups is on the Herding Group. I have a great admiration for the breeds in this group. They are one of the most hardworking groups that always need a job to do – if they don’t they can become destructive out of boredom. As their group name implies, breeds in this group were all bred to herd other animals throughout the world.

 

The breeds in this group are intelligent and strong-willed. They can be considered stubborn at times.  If a generalization of any of the AKC groups can be made, it would be that every single breed in the Herding Group needs to have proper training and plenty of exercise. Breeds in the Herding Group would not be any that I would recommend to first time dog owners.

 

They can be considered nippy due to their herding nature. They were bred to bite the legs of the animals they were trying to herd to get them to move. Dogs in the Herding Group were bred to work closely with a herdsman or shepherds. To this day, they still have a very loyal instinct to their owners – which can increase the likelihood of separation anxiety because they don’t like to be left alone or away from their owners.

 

Breeds in the Herding Group come in several different sizes and coat types  due to the countries they were developed in.  For example, the Shetland Sheepdog looks like a mini version of the Collie but they were actually developed to be this small to herd sheep, ponies and poultry in the harsh climate of the Shetland Islands. Due to that environment, food could be scarce so having a dog that needs to eat less than the larger Collie helped the farmers during those difficult times. Whereas, lower to the ground breeds like the corgis where developed to be short to avoid being kicked by cattle.

 

There are a couple of breeds that have been used for tasks other than herding. For example, the Spanish Water dog was not only bred to herd sheep but to retrieve waterfowl.  Several of these breeds have also found work as military and police dogs.  Some examples of these service dogs are the Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, and the German Shepherd.

 

With their intelligence and eagerness to please their master, many of these breeds have become canine actors. Here are some of the movies and TV shows that Herding breeds have appeared in: Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, The Shaggy Dog, Babe, The Roy Rogers show, Get Smart, Bionic Woman, Because of Winn-Dixie, Mad About You and Brooklyn 99.

 

A lot of the breeds in the Herding Group have names that directly tell you were they originated from and what kind of animals they herded but the Old English Sheepdog is an exception. They were from England but they herded cattle not sheep. One theory is they got the name “sheepdog” is due to many farmers would shave off the dog’s coat and turn it into yarn.  The list below shows the AKC standard weight, height, life expectancy  and  country of origin.

 

Breed Weight (lbs) Height (inches) Life Expectancy (years) Bred for
Australian Cattle Dog
Male: 35 – 50 18 – 20
12 – 16
Australia -Herd beef cattle
Female: 35 – 50 17 – 19
Australian Sheperd
Male: 50 – 65 20 – 23
12 – 15
Australia – Ranch dog and fixture on the U.S. rodeo circuit
Female: 40 – 55 18 – 21
Bearded Collie
Male: 45 – 55 21 – 22
12 – 14
Scotland – herder
Female: 45 – 55 20 – 21
Beauceron
Male: 70 – 110 25.5 – 27.5
10 – 12
France – herder
Female: 70 – 110 24 – 26.5
Belgian Malinois
Male: 60 – 80 24 – 26
14 – 16
Belgium – herder and then military & police dog
Female: 40 – 60 22 – 24
Belgian Sheepdog
Male: 55 – 75 24 – 26
12 – 14
Belgium – cattle & sheep herder and then military & police dog
Female: 45 – 60 22 – 24
Belgian Tervuren
Male: 55 – 75 24 – 26
12 – 14
Belgium – herder and then military & police dog
Female: 45 – 60 22 – 24
Bergamasco Sheepdog
Male: 70 – 84 23.5
13 – 15
Italy – sheep
Female: 57 – 71 22
Berger Picard
Male: 50 – 70 23.5 – 25.5
12 – 13
France – herder
Female: 50 – 70 21.5 – 23.5
Border Collie
Male: 30 – 55 19 – 22
12 – 15
Britain – herder
Female: 30 – 55 18 – 21
Bouviers des Flandres
Male: 70 – 110 24.5 – 27.5
10 – 12
France – cattle
Female: 70 – 110 23.5 – 26.5
Briard
Male: 55 – 100 23 – 27
12
France – sheep
Female: 55 – 100 22 – 25.5
Canaan Dog
Male: 45 – 55 20 – 24
12 – 15
Israel – herder
Female: 35 – 45 19 – 23
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Male: 30 – 38 10.5 – 12.5
12 – 15
Wales – cattle
Female: 25 – 34 10.5 – 12.5
Collie (rough)
Male: 45 – 65 22 – 24
14 – 16
Scotland
Female: 40 – 55 20 – 22
Collie (smooth)
Male: 45 – 65 22 – 24
12 – 15
Scotland
Female: 40 – 55 20 – 22
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
Male: 50 – 65 17 – 21
11 – 13
Switzerland
Female: 40 – 55 16 – 20
Finnish Lapphund
Male: 33 – 53 18 – 21
12 – 15
Finland – Reindeer herding
Female: 33 – 53 16 – 19
German Shepherd Dog
Male: 65 – 90 24 – 26
7 – 10
Germany – herding and then military & police dog
Female: 50 – 70 22 – 24
Icelandic Sheepdog
Male: 30 18
12 – 14
Iceland – sheep & ponies
Female: 25 16.5
Miniature American Shepherd
Male: 20 – 40 14 – 18
12 – 13
USA – rodeo & horse show companion
Female: 20 – 40 13 – 17
Norwegian Buhund
Male: 31 – 40 17 – 18.5
12 – 15
Norway – farm hand
Female: 26 – 35 16 – 17.5
Old English Sheepdog
Male: 60 – 100 22 & up
10 – 12
England – cattle
Female: 60 – 100 21 & up
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Male: up to 30 10 – 12
12 – 13
Wales – cattle
Female: up to 28 10 – 12
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Male: 30 – 50 18 – 20
12 – 14
Poland – sheep
Female: 30 – 50 17 – 19
Puli
Male: 23 – 35 17
10 – 15
Hungary – herder
Female: 23 – 35 16
Pumi
Male: 27 – 29 16 – 18.5
12 – 13
Hungary – herder
Female: 22 – 24 15 – 17.5
Pyrenean Shepherd (rough)
Male: 15 – 30 15.5 – 18.5
Late Teens
Pyrenees Mountain region – works in conjunction with Great Pyrenees with herding
Female: 15 – 30 15 – 18
Pyrenean Shepherd (smooth)
Male: 15 – 30 15.5 – 21
Late Teens
Pyrenees Mountain region – works in conjunction with Great Pyrenees with herding
Female: 15 – 30 15.5 – 20
Shetland Sheepdog
Male: 15 – 25 13 – 16
12 – 14
Shetland Island – sheep, ponies & poultry
Female: 15 – 25 13 – 16
Spanish Water Dog
Male: 40 – 49 17.5 – 19.75
12 – 14
Iberian Peninsula – sheep herder & waterfowl retriever
Female: 31 – 40 15.75 – 18
Swedish Vallhund
Male: 20 – 35 12.5 – 13.75
12 – 15
Sweden – cattle
Female: 20 – 35 11.5 – 12.75

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