Working Dogs

 In Australia, New Zealand and the United States herding dogs are known as working dogs irrespective of their breeding. Some herding breeds work well with any kind of animals; others have been bred for generations to work with specific kinds of animals and have developed physical characteristics or styles of working that enhance their ability to handle these animals.

Commonly mustered animals include cattle, sheep, goats and reindeer, although it is not unusual for poultry to be handled by dogs.

The term “herding dog” is sometimes erroneously used to describe livestock guardian dogs, whose primary function is to guard flocks and herds from predation and theft, and they lack the herding instinct. Although herding dogs may guard flocks their primary purpose is to move them; both herding dogs and livestock guardian dogs may be called “sheep dogs”.

Australia has the world’s largest cattle stations and sheep stations and some of best-known herding dogs, such as the Koolie, Kelpie, Red and Blue Heelers are bred and found there.

 Articles on Working Dogs in INFORMED FARMERS.

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INTRODUCTION TO WORKING DOGS

WORKING DOG BEHAVIOUR

BREEDS OF WORKING DOGS

SELECTING AND BUYING A WORKING DOG

MATING, BIRTH AND WEANING OF WORKING DOGS

TRAINING A WORKING DOG

HEALTH IN WORKING DOGS

 

Herding Dogs – Stock Dogs – Working Dogs