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Australian Cattle Dog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog was originally bred to heel cattle in Australia's rough outback, but it's also an excellent all-around family dog. The dog is a sturdy, compact, symmetrically built, tough working dog with strength, stamina and endurance.

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Australian Shepherd

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Australian Shepherd

Historians debate the Australian Shepherd's breed origin. Some argue an Australian origin; some accept a Basque heritage; some a Spanish origin. There's probably a little truth in each theory. The breed has been well known in the livestock industry in the United States for more than a century.

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Bearded Collie

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Bearded Collie

Records dating to the 16th century show that Polish Lowland Sheepdogs were brought into Scotland and crossed with local farm collies to create the Bearded Collie.

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Beauceron

LARGE DOG BREED

Beauceron

The Beauceron is nicknamed "red stockings" because of the socklike red markings on its feet. Relatively unknown outside of France, the Beauceron (Berger de Beauce) is a large, short-coated dog with cropped erect ears and a long tail that was originally bred to herd large flocks of sheep.

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Belgian Malinois

LARGE DOG BREED

Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is a striking dog, wearing a short fawn to mahogany coat with a black overlay. The breed's prick ears, dark eyes and keen expression mark it as the intelligent working dog it is.

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Belgian Sheepdog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Belgian Sheepdog

In its country of origin, the long-coated black Belgian Sheepdog is known as the Groenendael, named after the village where this variety of sheepdog was created. Smart and sensitive, the breed adapts well to family life. It's active and alert, and is an excellent worker in obedience.

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Belgian Tervuren

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Belgian Tervuren

Except for coat color, this breed is similar to its close relative the Belgian Sheepdog: same size (up to 26 inches at the shoulder); same elegant outline; and same long, off-standing double coat, but in shades of red or fawn with a black overlay.

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Border Collie

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Border Collie

Britain's Border Collie is often considered the finest sheepherding dog in the world, bred strictly for working ability rather than appearance. This is a medium-sized dog, with females usually averaging 35 to 45 pounds, males averaging 45 to 55 pounds.

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Bouvier des Flandres

LARGE DOG BREED

Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres was bred to work for farmers, butchers, and cattlemen. The Bouvier’s early names of “toucheur de boeuf” (cattle driver) and “koehond” (cow dog) give evidence of its working history. The Bouvier is also an excellent guard and police dog.

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Briard

LARGE DOG BREED

Briard

A shaggy-coated French sheepdog of ancient lineage, the Briard served its country with valor during World War I as a Red Cross dog and ammunition carrier.

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Canaan Dog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Canaan Dog

The Canaan is indigenous to Israel, where it was first used for guarding and herding cattle and sheep. The Israelis have also used the Canaan Dog for guard duties, as mine detectors during war times, as messengers and as Red Cross helpers.

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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

This is the Corgi that wags, not wiggles. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is markedly different from the Pembroke: It is larger, longer bodied, has rounded ears, a naturally long tail and comes in more colors.

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Collie, Rough

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Collie, Rough

The "Lassie dog" has been described as a clever worker that responded to the shepherd's commands, herding sheep and driving them to market. Collies come in two distinct coat types: rough and smooth. The rough coat is abundant except on the head and legs.

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Collie, Smooth

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Collie, Smooth

The "Lassie dog" has been described as a clever worker that responded to the shepherd's commands, herding sheep and driving them to market. Collies come in two distinct coat types: rough and smooth. The rough coat is abundant except on the head and legs.

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Entlebucher Sennenhund

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Entlebucher Sennenhund

The smallest of the four Swiss Mountain dogs, the Entlebucher is smooth-coated and bobtailed. Its good herding instincts make the Entlebucher is a trustworthy watchdog and companion with a lively and attentive character.

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Finnish Lapphund

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Finnish Lapphund

Friendly, gentle, cooperative and easy to train, the Finnish Lapphund is a medium-sized, strongly built dog. The profuse double coat has a coarse, waterproof outer coat and soft undercoat, providing warmth in the bitter northern Scandinavian climate of its homeland.

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German Shepherd Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog breed was developed in Germany in the late 19th century to herd and to assist police and soldiers. The breed was originally found on German farms, and its type was standardized in the 1890s by a German cavalry officer, Capt.

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Icelandic Sheepdog

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Icelandic Sheepdog

The only dog native to Iceland, the Icelandic Sheepdog (also known as the Iceland Dog or Icelandic Dog) was brought to the country in the 9th century by the Viking settlers.

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Norwegian Buhund

MEDIUM DOG BREED

Norwegian Buhund

The Buhund is one of the earliest known Nordic herding types, although it was not officially recognized until the 20th century.

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Old English Sheepdog

LARGE DOG BREED

Old English Sheepdog

Nicknamed the bobtail, the Old English is a playful, agile dog that's extremely fond of children. Of British origin, the bobtail has been known in its homeland for about 200 years.

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