Herding Breeds

Australian Shepherds, or more commonly known as "Aussies", are a highly energetic medium-sized breed known for their excellence in agility competitions. Aussies are intelligent, love to play and because they were originally bred as ranch dogs are naturally protective of their property. Australian Shepherds come in four main colors: solid black, solid red, red/liver merle and blue merle with possible markings of tan and white on the face, chest and legs.

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The Belgian Malinois is used primarily as a working dog for police work, protection, odor detection and search and rescue. They live up to 12 years and have a very high amount of energy. Malinois are a part of 4 separate breeds of Belgian Shepherd. The other breeds in the Belgian Shepherd group are the Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Laekenois and Groenendael.

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As a highly intelligent and active working shepherd, the Belgian Tervuren requires an extremely active and challenging lifestyle to thrive. The breed is often recognized by its think and long coat, usually various shades of brown and black, and with a distinctive collar of fur around the neck, more prominent in males. They are well suited for competitions involving agility and sheep herding. Although eager to work, these dogs aren't all about it - they have also been known to keep their owners on their feet with a clever and sometimes mischievous sense of humor.

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Widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed, Border Collies are working dogs originally bred for herding sheep in Scotland back in the late 1800's. Border Collies come in a variety of beautiful coat colors and patterns including bi-colored and tri-colored blue merle, black and white and a number of solid colors as well. Border Collies are known for being energetic yet obedient and require a considerable amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis. While they've long been known for being a fantastic working breed, Border Collies are becoming an increasingly popular companion and competition dog as well.

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As the name indicates, German Shepherds originated in Germany right around the year 1900 and are most commonly associated with being police or military dogs. While German Shepherds excel as modern day working dogs, their protective and loyal nature, good looks and trainability also make them fantastic family, competition, show, and even acting dogs as well.

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Originally from Hungary, Pumik (plural form of Pumi) are mostly a breed that can be found in Europe, but are gaining popularity in the United States. They are medium sized dogs with dense wavy or curly hair and generally grey, white or fawn in color. They are intelligent and were used as herding or sheep dogs and are thought to originally be crossbred between Puli dogs and German herding dogs.

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