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8 Lesser Known, Remarkable Herding Breed Dogs

These Herding Breeds May Not Be As Popular, But They Are Still Remarkable

The herding breed classification is an incredible group of dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club for their ability to control the movement of other animals. The group was added in 1983 to recognize these very intelligent and loyal companions. Today, I would like to recognize some of the remarkable herding breed dogs that we encounter less often.


This breed was added to the group in 2015. They are most known for their coat that is made up of three types of hair. The hair forms loose mats that give this breed their distinct look. Surprisingly, although their coat is unique and apparently complex, it is said to be easy to maintain. Although the Bergamasco is an independent breed, they do have a strong desire to please their owners. According to the Bergamasco Club of America, many people who normally find themselves to be allergic to dogs are not bothered by the Bergamasco’s coat.  (Image Credit:

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This breed is the largest of the French sheepdogs. The Beauceron was first documented in the 1500’s where they were best known for protecting the family, guarding the herd and the house. They are best known for their versatile athleticism and energy. Added to the AKC in 2007, they are described as faithful, gentle, and obedient. (Image Credit: Pixabay)








Bouvier des Flandres 

The Bouvier is an excellent combination of stature, strength, and athleticism. Their size compared to their other herding counterparts makes them seem intimidating. However, they are just as agile as other breeds. In addition to herding athleticism, the Bouvier would do well in most dog sports. As soon as they are done working, they are ready to spend time with their family and show affection. (Image Credit: Purchased from Fotolia)

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Canaan Dog

According to the AKC, the Canaan Dog is the National Dog Breed of Israel. This breed sports a natural look of alertness and vigilance. The Canaan is described as loyal, loving, and protective of their family, while simultaneously untrusting of strangers and new environments. (Image Credit By Matilda -, CC BY-SA 3.0,







Finnish Lapphund

This breed is described by the AKC as having the classic herding breed temperament, but a northern look. Although the Finnish Lapphund is a little wary of strangers, they are friendly and calm at home and always eager to work. (Image Credit: Purchased from Fotolia)










Norwegian Buhund

This breed is the epitome of strength and energy. These traits make them excellent herding and watch dogs, however early and consistent training is necessary for this breed. (Image Credit CC BY-SA 3.0,








The Puli’s long, distinct coat and natural athleticism made them perfect for herding dogs in Hungary. If you aren’t interested in a dog that requires grooming, then this breed may not be for you. However, if you are looking for a breed that is full of enthusiasm and personality, the Puli might be perfect for your family. They are described as a breed that carries their playful ‘puppiness’ with them their whole lives. (Image Credit: Purchased from Fotolia)






Swedish Vallhund

This very active herding breed is actually known as a spitz herding dog. They have very distinct characteristics that give them a look of alertness. The Swedish Vallhund is described by some as a "big dog in a small body”, due to their ability to excel at many dog sports. If you have an active family, this breed might be the right addition since they have the energy to keep up, but are also known for being loyal and affectionate. (Image Credit By TS Eriksson - Own work, CC BY 3.0,

Swedish Vallhund





Which of these breeds surprised you the most?

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