Herding dog breeds have been prized by shepherds and farmers for centuries. Herding dogs are quick, strong, and highly intelligent. They are excellent learners and look to their owners for instructions on their behavior.
Even without training, they naturally start herding. A herding dogcan sometimes see people or pets as creatures to be herded; some may gently push or nip at heels, as they do for sheep and cattle.
Herding dogs need lots of exercise, or they can become bored and get into mischief. They need to work, even if that means playing an organized game with their owner. Some are barkers when they have something to communicate. They are extremely loyal to their families.