Posts with tag Herding

Boykin Spaniel. Photo © Boykin Spaniel Club and Breeders Association of America.

It’s a Great Day to Celebrate Our American-Made Breeds

The United States is sometimes referred to as a cultural melting pot, a place where immigrants from around the world come together to form an entirely original society. Although this metaphor has been challenged in recent years, it cannot be denied that America’s roots stretch in the direction of every nation on Earth. The migration… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Norwegian Buhund

The Norwegian Buhund is one of nearly four dozen Nordic breeds and varieties developed in the Northern Hemisphere to function as herders, hunters, draft or companion animals. Buhund means “homestead” or “farm dog,” and it is as a multipurpose performer in and around the home that this unadulterated Spitz breed still excels today. The Buhund… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Belgian Tervuren

Belgium is home to a family of general-purpose herding and guard dogs known as Chein de Berger Belge, or Belgian Shepherd Dogs. Developed to work sheep on farms in the low countries, several towns lent their names to the various coat and color combinations expressed by these dogs: Groenendael to the solid black long coat… read more

Breeder Buzzwords – The Puli

In “Hungarian Dog Breeds,” published in 1977, authors Pál Sárkány and Imre Ócsag address the almost mystical relationship that has existed for centuries between the shepherd and his eager and intelligent sheepdogs: “A shepherd who took pride in his job would boast of his clever Puli, who was more than just a dog in his… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Bearded Collie

During my freshman year at college, a classmate frequently shared stories about her family’s dog back home. The house pet she described was a shaggy sheepdog with an overabundance of energy and an over-the-top personality. The year was 1979, and my friend said her dog, named Jack, was a Bearded Collie. The Beardie, as fanciers… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The German Shorthaired Pointer

“Form follows function” is an axiom favored by breeders and judges of purebred dogs, and perhaps nowhere is this truth better expressed than in the versatile hunting companion known as the German Shorthaired Pointer. The all-purpose gundog, with its symmetrical construction, enduring agility and animated intelligence, is the prototypical model of canine efficiency and resourcefulness… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog, sometimes referred to as the “German Shepherd” – or simply “Shepherd” – is one of the world’s most recognizable purebred dogs. Its strong, muscular body and innate intelligence have made it the breed of choice for countless families and law enforcement officials for more than a century. A popular breed in… read more


Community Comes Out for Responsible Dog Ownership Days

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds was the site for the 10th annual American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Days event on September 22, 2012, in Raleigh, N.C. Nearly 4,000 area residents attended the event, involving more than 70 local dog clubs, pet-related organizations, retailers and AKC departments. AKC encourages organizations throughout the country to hold… read more


Breeder Buzzwords – The Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The former kingdom known as Ceredigion in mid-west Wales is the birthplace of the colorful companion and useful worker known as the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The name Corgi is an Anglicization of the Welsh “cor gi,” a phrase sometimes translated as “dwarf dog.” Though short on leg, these ancient herding dogs have a long history… read more


Satisfying the Urge to Herd

All those herding breeds, sitting on couches, trotting around backyards, trying, whenever possible, to exercise their innermost desire – the urge to herd. Your own herders might only get the opportunity to satisfy that urge when children visit or a gaggle of geese goes off course into your neighborhood. But all over the country many… read more

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