Meet the Herding Group

Every American Kennel Club (AKC) -approved breed belongs to one of seven groups. ( Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding.)

History of the Herding Group

The AKC created its most recent classification, the herd, in 1983. Before 1983, herders competed in team competitions. There are now about 30 breeds in the herd. They range in size from small corgis to large German shepherds.

Herding Dog Breeds

All sheepdog breeds in the herd have innate skills to guide and control the movements of other animals. These dogs are intelligent and sensitive to training. Plus, they make loving, loyal companions. Herds come in the following varieties.

  • Australian Shepherd: This breed is preferred by cowboys for grazing. They are bright, energetic, and hard-working.
  • Border Collie: He is an energetic, intelligent workaholic. They are happiest when they have work to do. Whether it’s grazing or other work.
  • German Shepherd: This is one of the most popular breeds. They are often used by the military and police and serve people well.
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog: It is mainly bred to herd and guard sheep and has very long hair.
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi: This squat breed is about a foot tall and makes a surprising but impressive shepherd. Corgis can drive a herd of cows many times their size to pasture by jumping and biting their heels.

Fun Facts About the Herding Group(Westminster kennel club dog show)

  • The German Shepherd is the most decorated breed in the AKC herd, winning 10 titles in 2016.
  • Pembroke Welsh Cocky had three consecutive wins between 2000 and 2002, the most in a row.
  • Since 1983, only two best-in-show winners have come from herds. Both are German shepherds.
  • Pumi is the newest breed in the herd, making its WKC debut in 2016.
  • In 2019, Bouvier Des Flandres won the group stage.
Published On: December 7th, 2022Categories: Dog knowledge