What do low-set corgis, glamorous Finnish lapphunds, and mop-like pulis all have in common? These, along with 24 other breeds, make up the Herding Group of dogs. Although many of us know sheepdogs, shepherds, and cattle dogs for their aptitude for corralling, this group is the newest American Kennel Club classification, dating back to only 1983. Previously, these breeds were members of the Working Group.
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Through circling, barking, and nipping, herding dogs skillfully control the movements of other animals. They are often used by cattle and sheep farmers to put their livestock out to pasture and to encourage them all home at the end of the day. The participants might not look like ballerinas but the end result flows like elegant choreography.
These days, many dogs of the Herding Group never set eyes on as much as a lamb, but their herding capabilities are distinct. So if your Australian Cattle Dog keeps bumping you and you don't quite know why, don't be surprised to find the pushing only stops once you're packed in nice and cozy with the rest of your housemates.
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