Herding Dogs: Shepherds of the Canine Class

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Working dog breeds have been classified by some dog registry agencies to be with about three subclasses. These are those dogs who are required to work for an equivalent of a humanly job. One of the working dog breed subclasses is the Herding dog group.

Herding Dogs: Shepherds of the Canine Class

Dogs go about everyday being simply treated as pets. But to some dog addicts they go about knowing that dogs are closed to humanly routines. Not all dogs just woof around, not even just sit, sleep, eat and play. There are dogs who work their paws really hard to earn for a living (literally earn for a meal equivalent). These are the working dog breeds.

Working dog breeds have been classified by some dog registry agencies to be with about three subclasses. These are those dogs who are required to work for an equivalent of a humanly job. One of the working dog breed subclasses is the Herding dog group.

Herding Dog Classifcation

The Herding Dog Group to some registry agencies is under the classification of working dogs. But it was legally separated from the working dog class in the year 1983. Since then, it was accepted as an autonomous cluster. The Herding dog breed, are dogs that are physically brawny and are exceptionally intelligent. Herding Dogs facilitates herds by directing them integral to selected sites. These dogs succors in cattle and sheep manipulation management. Herding Dog Breeds comprises of arrayed dog classes, and different classic breeds. Some of the most common herding dogs are: German Shepherd and Collie.

German Shepherd


The most common herding dog, which almost everyone, even those which doesn’t like dogs much, is the ever prominent German Shepherd. These dogs are alternately known as Alsatians. To be named as one of the most powerful dogs in the working and herding class, the German Shepherd possesses acute intellectual cognition. This makes this dog highly recognizant to its owner and even to humans. They’ll be fairly receptive to other dogs though. Malleability to its humanly work environment is one of its dire characteristics which makes them susceptible to becoming watch dogs. Training these dogs only requires repetitive effort with just a little of feeding techniques because of its adroitness to learning. German Shepherds can be trained to be excellent watchdogs / police dogs. These dogs are sometimes called triggerman or bite to kill dogs. They are very obedient to their masters, but fierce against anyone that their master tags as enemies. Herding dogs also are superb tracking dogs. They have overly keen sense of smell that they can be trained to detect and search specific drugs and bomb elements earning them the name military dogs. These include work specifics as avalanche dogs, because of their double coats that keep them warm even on cold close to zero temperature. Blind people also make them their guide dogs because of their geographical retention.

Collie

Another first-rate herding dog class is the Collie. These collies are not as active as German Shepherds and not even as strong as they are. They are classifiably second rate to German Shepherds. Oppositely, not being as brawny and serious as the German Shepherds, Collies are emotionally friendly and passionately intelligent; which makes them the female brained dogs. They are tagged as female brained dog because alike women, they are sweet and emotionally dependent to their master. They go about extreme playfulness and cheerfulness only with their master, and do not show much of their true side to strangers. These characteristics classify them to be an outstanding companion with their heartily emotions devotedly attached to their owner. Alike German Shepherds, they also are hardworking dogs, which are mostly assigned to cattle and sheep herding. These dogs also are brilliant watchdogs for they are scientifically studied and verified to be mistrustful of strangers. Collies are of two assortments: the Smooth-coated and the Rough-coated Collies. Because of the coats they have, these make these dogs as fashion dogs which dog owners clothe and attaches ribbons and bells all over their body. Collies with rough-coats need hefty shedding. Having collies requires much attention from their masters for grooming specifics. They have bodies coated with quill-like fur which looks beautiful especially when trimmed. Oppositely, smooth-coats requires less attention for grooming specifics because of their having lighter shredder. Unlike German Shepherds, Collies required utmost training attention. They are not as adaptive like German Shepherds. Training collies requires the giving of food rewards. An action trained is equivalent to a meal.

Herding Lineage

There are many more dog breeds under the Herding class. But these two, the German Shepherd and Collies quite interests dog lovers the most. Other dogs in this class are: Shetland Sheepdog, Border Collie, Collie, Old English, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Bouvier des Flandres, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Australian Cattle Dog, and some others which are classified by canine relations. All these dogs have the aptitude to execute dog work classifications.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Border Collies are most commonly used where I am, also an extremely smart breed.

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author avatar hieroglyph
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks again Mark for moderating on this page... Got your tips also... thanks very much...

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author avatar Denise O
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Good read. I just love shepherds. I have had one full blooded, Jackie. Two mixed, Bugg and Boo.
Love the breed.
Thank you for sharing

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author avatar christopheranton
12th Dec 2010 (#)

I am not a dog person, but your very interesting article
might help to modify my views.
Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar hieroglyph
12th Dec 2010 (#)

In all honesty, I hated dogs way back... But when a client asked me to write a pack of dog articles, I began to love them... Thanks for the positive input Christopher!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Shepherds are great dogs. Keep this series going. You are doing a fantastic job with it.

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author avatar hieroglyph
12th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks very much Jerry! I'll try to pace up for a series...

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author avatar Madad
15th Dec 2010 (#)

I have a shepherd, too. Great read and on the money.

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author avatar hieroglyph
17th Dec 2010 (#)

Thanks for dropping by Madad...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
17th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you hieroglyph, most informative read.

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author avatar hieroglyph
3rd May 2011 (#)

Thank you for the positive input Tranquilpen

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