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Herding Dogs

This is a list of dogs that possess the ability to be used for herding livestock.

German Shepherd Dog herding sheep

Afghan Hound

American Blue Lacy

American Indian Dog

American Pit Bull Terrier

American White Shepherd

Appenzell Mountain Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Kelpie

Australian Shepherd

Bearded Collie


Belgian Laekenois

Belgian Malinois

Belgian Shepherd/Groenendael

Belgian Tervuren

Bergamasco Sheepdog

Berger Picard

Bernese Mountain Dog

Black Mouth Cur

Black Norwegian Elkhound

Blue Lacy

Bohemian Shepherd

Border Collie

Border Heeler

Bouvier des Flandres


Canaan Dog

Cao de fila de Sao Miguel

Cao da Serra de Aires

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cattle Collie Dog



Croatian Sheepdog

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog

Dakotah Shepherd

Danish Swedish Farm Dog

Dutch Shepherd

English Shepherd

Fila Brasileiro

Florida/Cracker Cur

German Shepherd Dog

Giant Schnauzer


Icelandic Sheepdog

King Shepherd


Lancashire Heeler

Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

Malinois X

Mountain Cur

Mountain View Cur


New Zealand Huntaway

New Zealand Heading Dog

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Buhund

Old English Sheepdog

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Polish Owczarek Nizinny



Roman Rottweiler




Scotch Collie

Shetland Sheepdog

Shiloh Shepherd

Smithfield (photo needed)

Spanish Water Dog

Standard German Spitz

Stumpy Tail Cattle dog

Swedish Vallhund

Texas Heeler

Tibetan Spaniel

Welsh Sheepdog



A "header breed" is a description of all working breeds who move to the head of the stock to gather them and bring them back to you. The term "drive" is used when the dog moves the herd away from you. Most working breeds naturally will either head (gather the stock to you) or drive (drive the stock away from you) and the majority of herding breeds can be taught to be both.

Caution: Some herding dogs carry a MDR1 gene which makes them sensitive to certain drugs that are otherwise okay to give another dog, but if tested positive for this gene can kill them.




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