The Herding Group
A herding dog or pastoral breed
is a dog that either has been trained in herding
or that is a member of a breed developed for herding.
Some herding breeds work well with any kinds of
animals; others have been bred for generations to
work with specific kinds of animals and have developed
physical characteristics or styles of working that
enhance their ability to handle these animals. Commonly
herded animals include cattle, sheep, and reindeer,
although it is not unusual for poultry to be handled
The term "herding dog"
is sometimes erroneously used to describe livestock
guardian dogs, whose primary function is to guard
flocks from predation and theft. Herding dogs do
not guard flocks but move them.
In general terms when categorizing
dog breeds, herding dogs are considered a subcategory
of working dogs, but for conformation shows they
usually form a separate group.