Dogs with Jobs: Herding Dogs

A herding dog working with their master to muster cattle

How awesome are herding dogs?! I just love watching them work when I am home on the family farm. They are so clever, obedient and willing to please their master!

Herding dogs, also known as stock dogs or cattle dogs have been working on farms for many years. They provide an invaluable service to their masters/farmers by controlling the movement of a group of livestock, typically cattle or sheep. They can work by themselves or a number of dog’s can work together as a team.

Their natural herding instinct is trained and harnessed to move livestock as directed and commanded by the farmer. They herd the livestock by circling them, barking at them and nipping them.

It can take a long time to train a herding dog but generally, especially the good ones, are bred for it. The best suited breeds for herding and working livestock include Border Collies, Kelpies, Cattle Dogs and Australian Shepherds. Herding dog’s are generally very intelligent, high energy, easy to train and eager to please their owners. They also make good guard dogs as they become very protective of their family, property and livestock.

Even though herding livestock is a job for these dogs, they don’t see it as work, they see it as fun, natural and a way to please their owners.

Until next time,

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Author: Bec

From a very young age Bec has always had a great love and appreciation for all animals. Bec is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and also has a Bachelor in Applied Science Animal Studies with special interest in Wildlife and Recreational Animals. Her studies have been put to good use working in various animal industries including small and large animal veterinary clinics, horse studs and the family cattle property. Horses have played an important part in her life, living on a horse stud and caring for horses throughout breeding, foaling, spelling, racing and retirement. Bec is the proud mum of two gorgeous girls, a beautiful Cocker Spaniel, a cheeky cockatiel, chickens and many horses including a naughty little pony.