Herding Dogs

   Shetland Sheepdogs are obedient, loyal, and intelligent. They need regular brushing, and a regular amount of energy. They are ideal for apartment living, but need plenty of exercise. they are also good watchdogs, though they are not the best watchdogs. The females are around 12-14 inches and 12 to 16 pounds. They are good with kids and are easily trained, but are also shy with strangers. The Sheltie is fast and jumps well. Problems you might have with this breed is that they bark a lot and that they are sensitive to some heart worm preventatives. The Sheltie is perfect for families that have enough time for it.

 

   Pembroke Welsh Corgies are affectionate, loyal, and independent. They need regular brushing and regular exercise. They are ideal for apartment living, but need plenty of exercise. They are very good watch dogs. The females are around 10-12 inches long and 24 to 28 pounds. The males are around 10-12 inches long as well but are 25 to 30 pounds. they are good with kids but are wary of strangers. Problems you might have with Penbrokes are that they shed a LOT and are prone to slipped disks as has a long back. Penbrokes are recomended to families that have time to exercise it and take care of it.

  Cardigan Welsh Corgies are obidient, alert, and intelligent. They need regular brushing and regular exercise. They are ideal for apartmeant living but need plenty of exercise. They are very good watchdogs. The females and the males are both 10-13 inches long and 25 to 30 pounds. Cardigans are not good with kids and are wary of strangers. Problems you might have with Cardigans are that they may suffer from spinal problems and also eye disorders. Their coats shed twice a year. Cardigans are tough and fearless just to remind you!!

     Pulies are a happy, playful, and intelligent breed. They need extensive grooming and a regular amount of exercise. They are suited to urban living, but need plenty of space. They are good watchdogs but not the best. The females are 14-16 inches long and 20 to 30 pounds. The males are 16-18 inches long and 25 to 35 pounds. Pulies are not the best with kids but they are not the worst either. They are quite easy to train and are okay with strangers. Problems you might have with Pulies are that they can't swim because of their fur and are not suited to hot climates. Pulies will grow a great bond to you and your family.

     Australian cattle dogs are the best working dogs you can get. They are diligent, courageous, and loyal to there owners. They need minimal grooming and vigorous exercise. They can adapt to urban living, but will need more exercise then usual. They are excellent watchdogs. Male Australian cattle dogs are normally 17 to 20 inches and 32 to 35 pounds. Females are around 17 to 19 inches and 30 to 35 pounds. They are loyal and obedient to their masters, but they are 1 person dogs. Its guarding and herding instincts are strong and may extend to people and other pets. it also may establish dominance over other dogs. Its coat is weather resistant and needs little care since it is easy to groom. All you have to do is comb with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when the fur is dirty. It does not like to be pampered, but it likes to be tough. Problems you might have are deafness and they become bored and destructive when left alone.

       Border collies are ready, willing, and able, always ready to learn a new trick. They are also intelligent, cooperative, and joyful. They need regular brushing with vigorous exercise. They suit urban living but need plenty of space. They are good watchdogs, not great. Males are 19 to 22 inches and 30 to 45 pounds. Females are 18 to 21 inches and 27 to 42 pounds. They are highly intelligent and eager to please, they are easy to train unless you train them harshly. They are wonderful pets for kids, especially energetic kids, but they can get jealous of other dogs. Regular combing and brushing leaves the coat shining, but when shedding, extra care is needed. Bathe only when necessary and check the ears and coat for ticks regularly (they can be hard to find). Some problems you may have are that boredom leads to bad habits and that they are prone to joint problems.  

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