Skip to main content

Tending, the art of dogs acting like live fences, maybe something you have never heard about before, but it's interesting discovering more about this herding style in dogs. 

There are herding styles and herding styles in the dog world. In other words, not all herding dog breeds herd equally. Sure, they all share the fact of controlling herd animals, often maneuvering them around, but different herding styles were needed based on individual factors such as the type of animal herded, the type of environment and local needs.

Screenshot 2022-05-05 221051

What is Tending?

Tending, also known as boundary work, is a herding style that involved keeping herd animals in a designated area. This contrasts deeply with the popular “fetching” style of the herding dogs in Great Britain. 

Dogs used for tending were basically acting as "live fences."

Dog breeds involved in tending include several French and Beljain breeds such as the Berger Picard, Bouvier de Flandres, Briards and Beauceron. The German shepherd has a history of being used for tending too. 

Scroll to Continue

Discover More

Screenshot 2022-05-15 163736

Help, My 10-Year Old Dog is Pregnant!

If your 10-year-old dog is pregnant you are likely very concerned. Unlike humans, dogs don't go into menopause and therefore they are capable of getting pregnant despite being old.

pups

When Can You Start Running With a Puppy?

Knowing when you can start running with a puppy is important considering that puppies have delicate bodies when young. It's therefore fundamental knowing when puppies are ready for jogging and whether their growth plates have closed.

 home remedies for dog acid reflux

Can You Give Prilosec (Omeprazole) to Dogs Long Term?

Whether you can give Prilosec (omeprazole) to dogs long term is a good question. Perhaps your dog has been diagnosed with acid reflux and the Prilosec medication has been helping your dog greatly so now you're considering giving it long term. Discover whether this is possible and what problems to expect.

Tending was often used in France. In France, sheep often grazed in open pastures  bordering land planted with crops. Of course, nobody wanted sheep ruining the crops and this where a niche opened up for the above mentioned breeds. 

Herds were kept in these open areas during the day and were returned to a stable or enclosure pasture in the evening. 

Being that in France, there were more predators than in Great Britain, it was important having dogs with some strong protective instincts, very vigilant and capable of performing  independent work.

Did you know? According to the United Kennel Club, in the late 19th century a clear distinction was made between two related French dog breeds: the Briard and the Beauceron. The Briard is basically the long-haired variety, while the Beauceron is the short-haired variety.

Related Articles