Breeds of Dog: Pastoral Group

The Pastoral group is made up of herding dogs; the word 'pastoral' is an adjective relating to shepherds or others who move livestock around fields. These dogs work with cattle, sheep, reindeer and other animals of this kind.

Some Pastoral dogs have double coats, as they were bred to brave the elements and work in all weathers, so might need extra attention when grooming. Keenly intelligent, they also seem to have boundless energy, and urban dogs of this kind who are not working are likely to need another outlet for their exuberance, such as agility or flyball.

Some more examples of Pastoral dogs are listed below, or you can visit the Kennel Club's website for more information. Please also remember that every dog is an individual and both genetic and environmental factors affect their temperament.

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