Discover 5 breeds of sheepdogs

Particularly intelligent, sheepdogs adapt just as well to family life as to guarding and driving flocks.

Protective and provided towards their masters, the sheepdogs have become very popular with French households. From the Australian Shepherd to the Belgian Shepherd, there are many canine breeds that meet this designation.

What is a sheepdog?

As its name suggests, the sheepdog has the primary function of assisting a stockbreeder or a shepherd in the supervision of a herd. This can consist of sheep (ovines) or goats (goats). The dog gathers or divides the herds according to the directives of the shepherd. And if necessary, he goes in search of lost animals.

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Sheepdogs belong to the group 1 : Shepherd and Cattle dogs. This determines the skills of the dog. There are no particular physics that meet this classification. For example, the Brie Sheepdog is a massive animal, while the Shetland Sheepdog is distinguished by its speed and alertness.

Belonging to the group is mainly due to their main function. Group 1 focuses on driving the herd while group 2 (Pinscher and Schnauzer type dogs, Molossoids, Swiss Cattle Dogs) is dedicated to the dog that guards and defends it. In this last category (group 2) we can find the Pyrenean Mountain Dog (also called Patou) and the Saint Bernard, which with their powerful and dissuasive physique, were frequently used as guard dogs, repelling all kinds of predators (wolves, felines, bears…).

Swiss white shepherd

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the Swiss white shepherd has a strong constitution. It can weigh between 25 and 40 kg for a height at the withers of 50 to 65 cm. This sheepdog is distinguished first of all by its white coat with long or semi-long hair. Apart from this peculiarity, his physique has many points in common with the German Shepherd. Both gentle and affectionate, he is quick-witted and easy to train.

His intelligence goes hand in hand with his sociability towards other pets. He demonstrates a great attachment to his master and can hardly bear loneliness. This sheepdog is also capable of carrying out rescue operations or participating in law enforcement missions.

Picardy Shepherd

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Of medium size, the Picardy Shepherd has a shaggy and rough coat, similar to that of the griffin. This is a hardy breed whose origins date back to the 8th century. Protective towards children, he adapts perfectly to a family environment. He shows great outbursts of affection with those around him and requires attention.

This sheepdog needs to exercise through play, dog sports or walks. The Picardy Shepherd proves to be an excellent guard dog, both for his home and for the herd. He can live alongside other pets, provided you have familiarized him from an early age.

Shetland Sheepdog

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Originally from Scotland, the shetland sheepdog a physique similar to that of the Rough Collie. It is nevertheless smaller, an average size of 35 cm at the withers for about ten kilos. He enjoys excellent health, even if his sensitivity makes him prone to anxiety or stress.

As a sheepdog, he leads and watches over herds of ponies and sheep. Of modest constitution, he shows great speed and an overflow of energy. Intelligent, sometimes mischievous, he quickly assimilates the orders of his master to whom he is very attached. He remains attentive and is playful with the children.

bohemian shepherd

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the bohemian shepherd weight between 15 and 25 kg. Which makes it a medium-sized sheepdog. He has a mostly black, long-haired coat. Considered a hardy breed, it enjoys robust health, but requires daily physical exertion. In addition to a living environment with a garden, daily walks and the practice of dog sports are recommended.

Obedient and shrewd, he is valued as a herding dog, companion dog, and even for leading rescue missions. He is vigilant towards those around him and most often has a protective and benevolent character. He does not have a barking temperament or predation instinct.

Brie Shepherd

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With its massive size (more than 40 kg for nearly 70 cm at the withers), the brie shepherd has an impressive physique. However, this sheepdog has a gentle and playful character. He enjoys physical activities and outdoor outings. Sensitive, it is recommended to socialize it with other animals from an early age.

The Brie Shepherd is a rustic sheepdog. That is, he is not prone to mild illnesses and excellent health. However, you should watch your diet to better control your weight gain. This also depends on his habits and activities. If it does not require regular cleaning, its coat does require periodic brushing.

Adopting an animal you hire is a decision that you will need to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before starting. They could give you their advice on the breed of dog that will suit you best.


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