These are working dogs: loyal, intelligent, crafty, herders. Our bordie collie used to herd us when we were kids!!

These are working dogs: loyal, intelligent, crafty, herders. Our bordie collie used to herd us when we were kids!!

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Dog fact of the week: There are more than 70 different breeds of herding dog recognized by the AKC.

Dog fact of the week: There are more than 70 different breeds of herding dog recognized by the AKC.

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German Shepherds, Australian cattle dogs and border collies are just a few of the breeds that have a strong herding instinct. Many of these dogs also make active family pets and require a great deal of exercise. Finding games that will challenge these dogs while allowing them to work off some of their boundless energy is an essential part of...

German Shepherds, Australian cattle dogs and border collies are just a few of the breeds that have a strong herding instinct. Many of these dogs also make active family pets and require a great deal of exercise. Finding games that will challenge these dogs while allowing them to work off some of their boundless energy is an essential part of...

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The Mudi is a herding dog that rivals the Border Collie in intelligence. Its fearlessness also rivals many breeds: At around 25 pounds, this dog will bravely take on much larger predators such as wild boar. Perhaps surprisingly, Mudis have a very even temperament and make great companion dogs who are also guard dogs. They tend to bond mostly with one person but are pleasant with all family members.

The Mudi is a herding dog that rivals the Border Collie in intelligence. Its fearlessness also rivals many breeds: At around 25 pounds, this dog will bravely take on much larger predators such as wild boar. Perhaps surprisingly, Mudis have a very even temperament and make great companion dogs who are also guard dogs. They tend to bond mostly with one person but are pleasant with all family members.

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Herding dogs not only require serious physical activity every single day, but they need serious mental activity in order to be really happy. You might be doing a great job of providing plenty of exercise to your herding dog … but if you're not also providing MENTAL work … you're not meeting the needs of your herding dog.

Herding dogs not only require serious physical activity every single day, but they need serious mental activity in order to be really happy. You might be doing a great job of providing plenty of exercise to your herding dog … but if you're not also providing MENTAL work … you're not meeting the needs of your herding dog.

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Great Pyrenees with his little lamb. They are great herding dogs and are great protectors of their little farmin friends :)

Great Pyrenees with his little lamb. They are great herding dogs and are great protectors of their little farmin friends :)

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French Briard another one of my favored breeds. Very smart dogs!
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