Dog Takes On a New Title After Completing This Job

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: March 1, 2024

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When we think of great pets, it is easy to think of dogs. They are some of the most loyal, loving, and genuinely great additions to any family. There are estimated to be about 197 dog breeds, which are recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, we can’t loop all dogs into the same category. Some dogs aren’t meant for lying around all day waiting for us to get home and play with them. Many breeding dogs need to have something to do to keep them active. Let’s see how well this dog does at his new job in the video below!

Watch This Video Below!

Dog Herds Sheep

The Instagram reel posted just in the section above shares footage of a dog herding dozens of sheep together. The Animals Doing Things Instagram page shared this video just a few months ago, and it has already garnered more than 45,000 likes! This channel is dedicated to offering heartwarming videos of animals such as birds, horses, bunnies, cats, kangaroos, and bears. 

Sheep Rally Around And Listen to Dog 

At the beginning of the video, we are taken to a wide-open pasture with dozens, if not hundreds, of sheep scattered all around. At the end of the day, it is time to round all those sheep up and take them back behind the fences. However, could you imagine one person trying to do all that work by themselves? Lucky for this farmer, he doesn’t have to! 

Suddenly, we see a dog darting from behind the fence and into the field. He is on a mission to round all these sheep up by himself. According to the Oregon Humane Society, “Herding breeds are typically industrious, athletic, energetic, focused, highly intelligent, fast learners and loyal.” And this dog has certainly learned how to do his job quickly. He rounds up the sheep with complete ease, and they all start to head back behind the fences. 

How Many Sheep Are in a Herd?

Flock of sheeps grazing in green farm in New Zealand with warm sunlight effect.

Sheep can weigh up to 300 pounds.

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When sheep form groups, they are known as “flocks.” And while we might think a flock of sheep would be a large number, that’s not necessarily true. It can even be two sheep to be considered a flock, according to the Ontario Sheep Farmers. Although the number of a singular flock can reach up to 1,500!

Flocks of sheep have to worry about threats to their safety, such as wolves, mountain lions, and coyotes. And even though dogs who herd these sheep are mainly known for herding them, they are also their protectors. We like to think of them as the sheep on personal bodyguards. They are willing to protect the flock against harm at any cost. 

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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