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.
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.
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 contact
(always ready for stroking, patting and general fuss making)
Shepherd Dog (Alsatian)
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
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.