Working Breeds

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Working Breeds in Australia consist of sheep and cattle dogs. They are usually responsive, easily trained and capable of running all day. Ideal for participation in Obedience, Agility and other modern dog sports, the Herding breeds have boundless energy and love to chase anything that moves, including cars. They make wonderful companions for those who enjoy dog training and lots of exercise. However, the Livestock Guardian breeds can be a different story!

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Working Breed Index

The classification of the dogs in this Group varies from country to country. For simplicity of navigation and accessibility, the table below lists the breeds alphabetically that appear in the Australian classification, divided into five sections based broadly on their historical purpose. »» Read more...

First Fleet

Founding Australia

Prior to British settlement, Australia was inhabited by Aboriginals. Their only dog was the Dingo which had also been in Australia for 10,000-18,000 years. However, on January 26th 1788, the British First Fleet consisting of eleven ships, arrived in Sydney Cove, New South Wales. This changed Australia forever. The new white settlers, ignorant of how different the terrain and climate ... »» Read more...

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How Sheep and Cattle Dogs Work

The primary purpose of working dogs is to assist in the management of other domestic species like sheep or cattle, usually kept in herds. The name of a breed in this group does not necessarily reflect its function. Historically a person who looked after a herd was called a 'Shepherd'. But a 'Shepherd Dog' does not necessarily mean a dog ... »» Read more...

Australian Cattle Dog heading sheep

Herding Breeds

Herding dogs work from outside the flock or in yards, usually under the direction of a person called a Shepherd. To understand herding dogs it is important to understand the type of sheep, cattle or other members of the flock they herd. Almost every country in the world has an indigenous Herding breed, each developed somewhat differently in localized areas. ... »» Read more...

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Livestock Guardian Dogs (Working)

Livestock Guardian Dogs work independently from within their flocks. Several different pure breeds of Livestock Guardian Dogs exist throughout the world today, originating in different countries. Because Australia's white civilization only dates back a couple of hundred years, the traditional use of large Livestock Guardian Dogs is rare here. »» Read more...