List of Herding Dogs

List of Herding Dogs

Are you looking for a list of herding dogs? Dogs that are recognized as having outstanding herding skills come in many different sizes and shapes, including the Bearded Collie and Australian Shepherd pictured here. See more of the best-known dogs in the American Kennel Club's (AKC) Herding group.

Border Collie

Widely recognized as the most intelligent breed of dogs, Border Collies are gifted herders.

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs are known for their skills at keeping herds of cattle together by nipping at their heels. The dog pictured here is a Blue Heeler. Queensland Heelers are of similar stature but have brownish red coats.

Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdogs are well known as brave and gentle guardians of sheep.

Corgi and Shepherd

Even though they are drastically different in size, Pembroke Welsh Corgis and German Shepherds are both members of the Herding class.

Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois dogs are fearless guardians of any flock or herd. They are also often trained to work as police dogs.

Shetland Sheepdogs

Shetland Sheepdogs are compact, but don't let their small stature fool you. They are quite skilled when it comes to keeping a herd of livestock in order.


When it comes to herding, Briards are just as skilled as they are beautiful.

Rough Collies

Rough Collies are among the oldest herding breeds of any list of herding dogs, and they hail from Scotland and England.

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List of Herding Dogs