These faithful, daring, and regal dogs are military, police, and guard dogs. While they look fierce, they make great family pets, just like Rin Tin Tin and Presley Drummond. 

German Shepherd

One of the best-known herding breeds. Border collies are smart, hardworking, and athletic. They are good family pets if given enough attention and exercise, and yes, they will "herd" tiny children if not discouraged.

Border Collie

Like most herding breeds, Australian shepherds are smart and demand mental and physical stimulation, making them a good choice for runners and hikers. 

Australian Shepherd

These cuties, who resemble little Collies, are their own breed. Shelties are wonderful pets for apartments or tiny homes if they're walked often or exercised in a fenced-in yard.

Shetland Sheepdog

Cardigan Welsh corgis, which the Celts brought to Wales about 1200 BC, have rounded ears and tails. They're low-key but lively. Cardigan Welsh corgis are strong-willed but friendly, so socialise them early and keep them active with fetch.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

These long-haired charmers are great with other dogs, kids, and just about everyone. Bearded collies are a fun-loving, friendly breed from Poland and the Scottish Highlands, where they're competent at any farm task. 

Bearded Collie

The Beauceron was developed in 1500s France to hunt wild boar and herd sheep. Today, the breed is utilised for protection and police duties. He's smart, sensitive, and spirited, but you'll need a farm or huge, fenced-in yard to have him.


Collies are sweet-tempered, soft-hearted, and gregarious, unlike Lassie. They are patient with other animals and small children, perhaps more than any other herding breed. If you have a large, noisy family, this tolerant beauty won't get annoyed.


This breed has confidence, intelligence, and a strong work ethic, but it's unsuitable for families with young children. The Belgian Malinoise has strong protective and territorial tendencies that require a skilled owner.

Belgian Malinois

A berger Picard plays the title role in the 2005 family film Because of Winn Dixie. Sadly, the population of this French farm dog was destroyed during the World Wars, although berger Picards are sensitive and perceptive.

Berger Picard

Finnish Lapphunds were originally bred to hunt reindeer with the Lapp people who live above the Arctic Circle. Dogs and people hugged for hundreds of years to keep each other warm on cold nights, which may be why they love people.

Finnish Lapphund

Briards' history includes Charlemagne, Napoleon, and Thomas Jefferson, who brought the French breed to America. They can weigh up to 100 pounds and are known for their loyalty.


This tri-colored variant of man's best friend is found in the Swiss Alps, herding cattle to summer pastures. This short, nimble breed with a life-loving nature isn't good for households with young children.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

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