Australian cattle dog
This tough herding dog shares qualities with the other herding breeds, including an uncanny knack for knowing when and how to solve problems. “They’re eager to learn and respond well to reward-based training, allowing them to participate in a vast array of enjoyable activities including agility, flyball, and Frisbee,” add Steffen and Hughes.
Pembroke Welsh corgi
This happy, smaller breed is most fulfilled when there is a job to do, says Dr Hauser. And adorably, they have a tendency to “herd” their family members, particularly younger children.
“These quick learners enjoy being challenged and often excel at sports where they must use their intelligence, like agility and competitive obedience,” said Steffen and Hughes. “Unlike many of the others breeds in the terrier group, Miniature Schnauzers have a strong desire to please and the smarts to do so,” points out Dr Hauser.