Q: Herding Dog Breeds: More info needed by many

June 16, 2008 | By Julie Kay S. | 2 answers | Expired: 2371 days ago

Julie Kay S.

I am blessed to be the person of a great herding dog, Wiggles Blue Heeler. Having had several recent communications with folks who've adopted herding dogs to be family pets, there are many questions asked about: energy level, protectiveness, herding (how much, what, who and what), and much more. Perhaps those that have herding dogs -- cattle dogs, border collies, Australian Shepherds, Australian Blue Heelers, Australian Red Heelers, etc. -- would share their insider tips, secrets and suggestions to those considering adopting (or already having adopted!) these unique and highly loyal dogs.

Readers' Answers (2)
Jessica H.

Jun 16, 2008

My only suggestion is to keep them busy -- most herding dogs, especially ones that have a "drive" -- need a job or they can become bored, and as we all know boredom can turn destructive. So the biggest piece of advice I can give to any new, current or potential herding breed owner is to make sure you have enough time to dedicate to thoroughly exercising your dog every day! They generally do not do well being crated for 8 hours a day, though there are always exceptions. I think I lucked out with my two aussies - they're pretty mellow! However, they are NOT for everyone so unless you have enough time to dedicate to exercising them then I would suggest a more laid-back breed.

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Jun 17, 2008

I agree, you need to give them a job. I have a sheltie, but work with many other herding breeds. I run my sheltie in agility. I compete, but many people do it for fun. You could also get the dog involved in herding. The dogs really enjoy it. My sheltie enjoys the chase game, so we have play dates often with other dogs that like to play chase.

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