Herding dogs have
long been important in livestock industries throughout the world. Today
there is also an increased interest in herding on the part of
individuals who are not involved in the livestock industry, but who are
interested in working with their dogs and helping preserve the talents
and abilities of the herding breeds. Competitive herding trials have
been increasing in number and variety.
cooperate with the handler, yet use their own initiative and judgment.
They must be able to work with gentleness, yet show strength in facing
up to a stubborn animal.
This page has been
put together in an effort to provide information and leads for those
interested in learning about herding and the herding breeds.
Shepherd Dog of Leon -- by José
Luis Prieto Morán
of Manhattan -- tending flocks in American public parks in the 19th
and 20th centuries
Old German Shepherd Dog in America -- herding dogs from Germany in
19th century America.
the Flock, some historical artworks and accounts of shepherds,
shepherdesses and their dogs watching over their flocks
The German Coolie or
Koolie: Australia's German
Collie -- Some Background on the Coolie/Koolie
Training in 18th Century France -- excerpts from Advice to
Shepherds by Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, 1782
and Large Flock trials
American Working Dog Museum is seeking
exhibit materials illustrating the history and current work of herding
and flock guarding dogs. We have just purchased an historic downtown
building in Colfax, Iowa, for this new museum, and need to find
documents, equipment, videos, photos, awards and any other
materials that tell the story of the herding/guarding breeds and their
work. If you have anything that you think might illustrate these
breeds for the museum, please contact:
materials you would like to loan or donate to the museum would be very
much appreciated, and fully insured for loss or damage. You can follow
our progress on our new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WorkingDogMuseumTobysSitStay.
I will be posting updates and photos of the renovation of the building
and creation of the museum.
to American Herding Dogs:
spay and neuter legislation is being pushed in California and many other states; working dogs will not be
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