Guild of Shepherds & Collies

National Dog Day

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 1.  Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog is often also known as Australian Heeler, Blue Heeler, Queensland Heeler, or Halls Heeler. The "heeler" nickname is a result of the dogs being raised to herdcattle by nipping at their heels.

2.     Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is not actually from Australia. It is believed that this breed was developed in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France.

3.     Bearded Collie

The Bearded Collie is the official dog of the shepherds in Scotland, with a history there that dates back to 1514. They were originally bred to be able to withstand the harshest of conditions. They're also known as the Hairy Mountain Dog, Scottish Bearded Collies, and the Highland Collie.

4.     Beauceron

The Beauceron is a movie star! It appeared in the James Bond Film "Moonraker" and wasn't widely known outside of France before the movie’s release. The American Kennel Club didn’t recognize the dogs as a breed until 2001, and did not classify them into the herding group until 2007.

5.     Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is a square, literally. This dog's body length is almost exactly the same as the height of the body. They are one of four types of Belgian Shepherd dogs that were bred to herd sheep in Belgium, and derived its name from the town it originated from, Malines.

6.     Belgian Sheepdog

Of the four Belgian shepherd dog breeds, the Belgian Sheepdog is the only solid-color variety. They were originally bred for guarding/herding sheep but worked most prolifically as message carriers and ambulance dogs during WWI.

7.     Belgian Tervuren

The Belgian Tevuren became nearly extinct in America by the Depression, and had to be rebred after World War II from longhaired offspring of Malinois dogs.

8.     Border Collie

Holds the title as the world’s smartest dog. All pure Border Collies alive today can trace an ancestral line back to one dog named “Old Hemp" who lived from 1893-1901. Additionally, the Guinness Book of World Records for “Fastest Car Window Opened by a Dog” is held by a border collie named Striker, at 11.34 seconds.

9.     Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flanders is French for “Cow herder of Flanders”. The Bouvier has such a strong threshold for pain that when they get injured by cattle, veterinarians often can't tell where the dog is injured because the dog is so strong.

10.   Briard

Dating back to the 8th century, the Briard originated in France and was the official breed of the French army during Napoleon’s era. During the World War I, the Briard was utilized by the French Army as a sentry, messenger, and to search for wounded soldiers. Often called "a heart wrapped in fur," the Briard makes a great family dog.


11.  Canaan Dog

The Canaan dog is Israel’s national breed. Some believe them to be breed that the Hebrews used in biblical times to herd and guard their sheep. Canaan Dogs are a rare breed, with only about 1,600 in the world.

12.   Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The “Cardigan” refers to Ceredigion, a county in Mid Wales, where the breed originated from. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older than the Pembroke, and is believed to have existed in Wales for more than 3,000 years.

13.   Collie

In the 1950s television series Lassie, you knew that the Collie would come to the rescue everytime. The fictional TV show wasn’t too far off the mark, the Collie is an extremely intelligent, sensitive dog who is known for knowing when something is wrong. Queen Victoria is credited with saving Collies from obscurity.

14.  Entlebucher Mountain Dog

Originating in Switzerland, the Entelbucher is not often seen in other countries and is the smallest of the four Swiss mountain dogs. There are two common pronunciations for Entlebucher: Ent’-lee-boo-ker or Entel-boo-ker.


15.   Finnish Lapphund

Nicknamed “the Lappie,” the Finnish Lapphund has traditionally been used for herding reindeer in Finland. Up until 1993, the Finnish Lapphund went through a bit of an identity crisis and had several name changes.

16.   German Shepherd Dog

Is among the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. Part of his renown is owed to Corporal Lee Duncan, who saved a small puppy in WWI turned him into one of the most famous dogs in show biz: Rin Tin Tin. The German Shepherd has held many jobs other than movie star, like leading the blind, chasing down criminals, sniffing out illegal substances, serving in the military, visiting the sick, and herding stock.

17.   Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog were brought to Iceland in the 9th century by the Vikings.Thanks to the isolation of Iceland, today's Icelandic Sheepdogs — also called the Icelandic Spitz or Icelandic Dog — probably look a lot like their ancestors.

18.   Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund is one of the ancient breeds of dogs. Records have it that they have a history that dates back to over 1000 years ago. It was only after WWII that the Buhunds were brought to Europe, and readily spread around the world after.

19.   Old English Sheepdog

Although a herding dog, the Old English Sheepdog actually does well in small environments, such as apartments, assuming if he gets his regular exercise. This sheepdog is a playful, affectionate clown. In fact, adolescence often extends to about age three, and an adult will retain his/her playful demeanor well into the golden years.

20.   Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Originating in Pembrokeshire, Wales, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an enchanting dog whose background is steeped in folklore. According to Welsh legend, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi sprang from the lairs of fairies and elves! They are also the most popular of dog breeds with the British Royal family.

21.   Polish Lowland Sheepdog

As the name suggests, this breed originates from Poland and is currently popular in their native land. The The ongoing story of this breed is a history of survival.WWII, which brought terrible devastation to Poland, almost decimated the breed. Dr. Hryniewics took action and began efforts to save the breed with the help of her own Polish Lowland, a male named Smok. Every Polish Lowland in existence today can be traced back to Smok and his progeny.

22.   Puli

The Puli, also known as the Hungarian Puli and the Hungarian Water Dog, is still used for herding sheep in his homeland. This is an ancient breed with a history that reaches back at least 2,000 years. The plural of Puli is Pulik.

23.   Pyrenean Shepherd

If you ever meet a Pyrenean, you'll be astonished by the enthusiasm and speed of this lean but muscular little herding dog. His movement is said to "shave the earth," and indeed, it almost looks as if he's flying.

24.   Shetland Sheepdog

Nicknamed “Sheltie” or “Toonie” (Norwegian for farm), this breed hails from the rugged Shetland Islands between Scotland and Norway. This breed is intensely loyal, gentle, and sensitive.

25.   Swedish Vallhund

Sweden says this breed goes back well over 1000 years and that it is an original species, almost going extinct in 1942. The Swedish Vallhund is pictured on a number of countries stamps: Sweden, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Mali, Russia, Tajikastan, & Altay.

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