Breed Group in the Spotlight: Pastoral

Spotlight working dogs group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

Famous Pastoral dogs

She might have been a fictional character, but Lassie the Rough Collie is possibly one of the most famous dogs of all time!

Meet the breeds

Pastoral dogs will be shown on Thursday 6th March at Crufts. If you want to find out more about getting one of the pastoral dog breeds, head to the Discover Dogs area at Crufts to meet all the breeds and talk to breeders and breed clubs for advice and information. To find out about all of them, click here.

Popular breeds

The German Shepherd Dog was the most registered Pastoral dog breed with the Kennel Club in 2012/2013.