Particularly intelligent, sheepdogs also adapt to family life as well as guarding and driving herds.
Protected and devoted to their masters, the sheep dogs became very popular in French households. From the Australian Shepherd to the Belgian Shepherd, there are many dog breeds that have achieved this name.
What is a sheepdog?
As its name suggests, the sheep dog has the primary duty of assisting a breeder or a shepherd in managing a flock. These may consist of sheep (ovines) or goats (goats). The dog gathers or divides the herds according to the shepherd’s directive. And if necessary, he will go in search of lost animals.
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Sheep dogs belong to group 1 : Shepherd and Cattle dogs. This determines the dog’s skill. No particular physics achieves this classification. For example, the Brie Sheepdog is a large animal, while the Shetland Sheepdog is distinguished by its speed and alertness.
Group membership is primarily due to their primary function. Group 1 focused on driving the herd while group 2 (Pinscher and Schnauzer type dogs, Molossoids, Swiss Cattle Dogs) was dedicated to the dog guarding and defending it. In this last category (group 2), we find the Pyrenean Mountain Dog (also called Patou) and the Saint Bernard, who with their strong and unruly bodies, are easily used as guards, rejecting all types of predators (wolves, cats, bears …).
Swiss white shepherd
the Swiss white shepherd have a strong constitution. It can weigh between 25 and 40 kg for a drying length of 50 to 65 cm. This sheepdog is distinguished first of all by its white coat with long or semi-long hair. Aside from this particularity, his body has many points in common with the German Shepherd. Both gentle and loving, he was quick to think and quick to train.
Her intelligence goes hand in hand with her sociability with other pets. He showed great intimacy with his master and could hardly bear the loneliness. This sheepdog can also perform rescue operations or participate in law enforcement missions.
In medium size, the Picardy Shepherd has feathers and a rough coat, resembling a griffin. It is a strong variety whose origins date back to the 8th century. Protecting children, she perfectly adapts to a family environment. He shows great love for those around him and needs attention.
This sheepdog needs to exercise by playing, dog sports or walking. Picardy Shepherd has proven to be an excellent guard dog, both for his home and for the herd. He can live with other pets, as long as you are familiar with him from an early age.
Originally from Scotland, the shetland sheepdog has a body similar to that of the Rough Collie. However, it is smaller, an average size of 35 cm at drying of about ten kilograms. Her health is very good, even if her sensitivity makes her easily anxious or stressed.
As a sheep dog, he leads and guards herds of horses and sheep. In a moderate constitution, he shows great speed and overflows with energy. Wise, sometimes deceitful, he readily accepted his master’s commands which he attached very carefully. She stays attentive and plays with the kids.
the bohemian shepherd weight between 15 and 25 kg. Which makes it a medium-sized sheepdog. He had a mostly black, long -haired coat. Considered a strong variety, it has strong health, but requires daily physical effort. In addition to a living environment with a garden, daily walks and practice of dog sports are recommended.
Obedient and intelligent, he was valued as a shepherd dog, companion dog, and even for leading rescue missions. He was considerate of those around him and often had a protective and kind disposition. He has no habit of barking or instinct for predation.
With its large size (more than 40 kg for almost 70 cm of dried ones), the Brie keeper has an impressive body. However, this dog has a gentle and playful nature. She enjoys physical activities and going outdoors. Sensitive, it is recommended to interact with other animals from an early age.
Brie Shepherd is rather a rustic sheepdog. That is, he is not prone to mild diseases and is in good health. However, you need to monitor your diet to better control your weight gain. It also depends on his habits and activities. If it does not require regular cleaning, its coat needs periodic brushing.
Adopting an animal reassures you, it’s a decision you need to think about very carefully. Don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the residence nearest you before starting. They can give you their advice on which dog breed is best for you.
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