Herding

Eligible Breeds

All dogs 9 months of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Herding Events

Effective January 1, 2011 all dogs 6 months of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Herding Instinct Tests.

AKC Recognized Breeds
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bearded Collie
  • Beauceron
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Bernese Mountain Dog (effective 7/1/10)
  • Border Collie
  • Bouviers des Flandres
  • Boxers (effective 1/1/12 )
  • Briard
  • Canaan Dog
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Collie
  • Entlebucher Mountain Dog
  • Finnish Lapphund (effective 1/1/09)
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Great Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Icelandic Sheepdog
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Norwegian Buhund (effective 1/1/09)
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • Puli
  • Pyrenean Shepherd (effective 1/1/09)
  • Rottweiler
  • Samoyeds
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (effective 1/1/11)
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Swedish Vallhund
* Foundation Stock Service Breeds
  • Appenzeller Sennenhunde
  • Australian Kelpies (effective 3/12/14)
  • Belgian Laekenois
  • Bergamasco (effective 1/1/11)
  • Berger Picard (effective 7/1/09)
  • Boerboel
  • Catahoula Leopard Dog (effective 1/1/11)
  • Czechoslovakian Vlcaks (effective 1/1/11)
  • Dutch Shepherd (effective 4/1/12)
  • Lancashire Heeler (effective 7/1/09)
  • Miniature American Shepherd
  • Mudi
  • Portuguese Sheepdog (effective 9/1/12)
  • Pumi
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Schapendoes (effective 7/1/08)
  • Slovensky Cuvac (effective 1/1/11)
  • Swedish Lapphund (effective 1/1/11)


  • * May compete for suffix titles only
  • Dogs of these breeds recorded with the Purebred Alternative Listing Program/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) or dogs with Conditional registration are eligible to participate.
  • Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to participate.
  • Monorchid or cryptorchid males are eligible to participate.
  • Bitches in season are eligible to participate.
  • Lame, blind or deaf dogs may not participate.
  • Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.