Pastoral Group Dogs

I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward. ~G.K. Chesterton

  • This is a relatively new group and used to be part of the working group until that group became too large.
  • Pastoral dogs are generally smaller than working dogs and lack their protective natural or intuitive way of acting or thinking.
  • The breeds in this group are mainly bred for a large group of animals, especially hoofed mammals, that live together or are kept together as livestock and work with cattle, sheep, reindeer and other similar animals.
  • They need to raise levels of physiological or nervous activity in (the body or any biological system) otherwise they become bored and destructive.
  • They also have strong guarding instincts so they need to be thoroughly behave in a way that is acceptable to their society to make them well desegregated in the family and comfortable with strangers and other dogs. (e.g.: Border Collie)

Qualities and characteristics of pastoral dogs:

  • Relatively easy to train
  • Excel at obedience work
  • Intelligent
  • Quick to learn and obey
  • Good at problem solving and decision making

The Kennel Club (UK) defines the Pastoral Group as including dog breeds originally kept for "working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals".

Breeds included in The Kennel Club's Pastoral Group include:

  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bearded Collie
  • Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael)
  • Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois)
  • Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois)
  • Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren)
  • Bergamasco
  • Border Collie
  • Briard
  • Catalan Sheepdog
  • Collie (Rough)
  • Collie (Smooth)
  • Estrela Mountain Dog (Cão da Serra da Estrela)
  • Finnish Lapphund
  • German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian)
  • Hungarian Kuvasz
  • Hungarian Puli
  • Komondor
  • Lancashire Heeler
  • Maremma Sheepdog
  • Norwegian Buhund
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • Pyrenean Mountain Dog
  • Pyrenean Shepherd
  • Samoyed
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Swedish Lapphund
  • Swedish Vallhund
  • Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
  • Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

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