Guide to Pet Dog Breeds
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All Pedigree Dogs are grouped in breed types.





Working Group

Pastoral Group




Popular Dog Groups - Pastoral


The pastoral group of dogs is usually divided into two groups:-
Dogs that were bred to round up flocks of sheep or cattle herds and dogs that were bred to live with and protect flocks and herds of domesticated animals.

Protecting animals:-
Many of the larger dogs in the pastoral group were bred to protect the herds and flocks of domesticated animals from the wild hunters - wolves, foxes and other predators. They tend to be larger an heavier than other pastoral types often with an aggressive attitude, useful in their guarding roles.

Herding animals:-

Bred to herd domesticated animals these pastoral types are energetic and hard working.
They are usually easily trained and very responsive to learned commands. Acute hearing and sight make them good watchdogs. Originally bred to work with humans they form strong bonds with their owners usually with close physical conta
ct (always ready for stroking, patting and general fuss making)

  • Bearded Collie
  • Belgian Shepherd Dog
  • Border Collie
  • Briard
  • Collie (Rough)
  • Collie (Smooth)
  • German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian)
  • Norwegian Buhund
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pyrenean Mountain Dog
  • Samoyed
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
  • Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Pastoral breeds can invariably make good companions and ideal family pets, they bare generally friendly and easily trained and responsive to commands.
The guarding and protective types have insticts that can sometimes make them aggressive and possessive which may need general socialisation to control.
The herding types have acute hearing and sensitivity which can make them nervous and reactive to loud noises, this can also be reduced by early socialisation.