The Continental Shepherds
Beginning in the 1880s, French, German, Belgian, and Dutch herding breeds became commonly known as Continental Shepherds. The region’s geography and history influenced how a variety of breeds with dissimilar coat types could nevertheless be closely related. For many centuries, Continental dogs with protective instincts both guarded and herded large flocks of sheep raised for the highly profitable wool and meat trade.
See also The French Herding Breeds:
See also The German Shepherd Dog:
See also Altdeutsche Schäferhund / Altdeutscher Hütehunde:
To learn about herding breeds from around the world, their temperaments, working styles and how to train them please refer to the book Stockdog Savvy (Alpine Publications) by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor:
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