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Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Aug-30

Naw! When I downsize it is going to be an Australian Cattle Dog.  They are nothing but miniature German Shepherds with a different herding style and a dappled coat.

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Aug-30

They are tough dogs to train and need tons of exercise.  They make German Shepherds look lazy.

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Aug-30

At 30 to 40 pounds, I got it!

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Aug-30

Good thing you like to run.

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Aug-31

I read the article.  This breed sounds like a nice mox of good breeds. Let's hope people don't get stupid and try adding Pits to the pot to toughen them up.

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Aug-31

They can’t. That would ruin the new breed.  

Marypickford

From: Marypickford

Sep-6

If I had space to work them- I'd want them too! They've just joined the list.

I've never heard of German Shepherds being used to herd cattle. Was that their original function?

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Sep-6

Yes, they are a herding breed.  That is their original purpose.  Sheep and cattle.

Marypickford

From: Marypickford

Sep-6

Are they still used for that in Germany or anywhere else, or did their guarding function take precedence?

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Sep-6

They are used for both, but much less for herding since there aren’t as many small sheep farms or cattle ranches.  A herding dog must gather and drive animals.  Those are two different skills.  This article explains herding better than I can.

http://www.german-shepherdherding.com/german-shepherd-herding/

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