British Herding Breeds

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Early Herding Dogs reveal that sheepdogs in British Isles have exited since around 2,500 BC. Over the next 4,000 years, the terrain of localities and specialized work created the different breeds that we plan to discuss in this section. Today, we have the broad-headed, shaggy haired Old English Sheepdog and Bearded Collie, the Border Collie, the Collies (smooth) and (rough) and the Shetland Sheepdog of Scotland, and the Corgis of Wales.

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Old English Sheepdog and Bearded Collie

In Britain 1570 AD, Caius described 'the Shepherd's Dog' as any dog that herded stock. This 'Shepherd's Dog' was also called a 'Sheepdog' or 'Colley'. But some of these Shepherds dogs also drove stock to markets, crossing the Border Region between England and Scotland. From these drovers' dogs we get two of today's pure breeds, the Old English Sheepdog and ... »» Read more...

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Collies (Rough & Smooth) and Shetland Sheepdogs

The Collie (Rough) and Collie (Smooth) and the Shetland Sheepdog here are amongst Scotland's oldest breeds. Their spitz like characteristics make many respected dog historians believe they can be traced back directly to the ancient wolf that used to roam Britain. The best known is the Collie (Rough). The Collie (Smooth) is a smooth coated version of the Collie (Rough) ... »» Read more...

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Welsh Corgi (Pembroke and Cardigan)

Although usually coupled together, the Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) and the Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) are two separate breeds and not two varieties of the same breed. Originally separated by a political divide, these versatile little dogs with different backgrounds are lovable characters who can be a jack-of-all-trades. »» Read more...


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