the dog world, there are two types of dogs used on farms, ranches, and
livestock operations around the world, the guardian dog to protect the stock
and the herding dog to move the stock. The herding dog, also known as a stock
dog, or working dog has the ability to actively control the movement of
livestock such as poultry, sheep, goats, cattle, and even reindeer. These
are serious, tireless workers with a strong instinct to actively “gather or
roundup” and move livestock according to the commands of the shepherd, cowboy,
or stock handler. A well-trained herding dog works in partnership with his or
her handler and can move livestock just about anywhere. They are fleet of foot,
work with calm authority, and a keen eye. Because the dogs are required to work
at great distances, they also possess sensitivity to the handler’s voice,
whistle, and gesture. They are the “best hand” on the ranch or farm.
dogs “need a job,” they are extremely energetic, athletic, and require daily
physical exercise and mental simulation. Because of their energy and need for
metal simulation these dogs are best suited to households that can provide
plenty of play and exercise with both humans and other dogs.