Strong herding instinct stems from the historical purpose of the Greater  Swiss Mountain Dog. Though bred to function as a draft dog, the Swissy was truly multi-purpose and was also used to manage livestock (primarily dairy cattle) in the mountains of their native Switzerland. Swissies demonstrate these abilities through herding trials with various types of livestock.

Herding and the GSMD by the GSMDCA Herding Committee

Dogs earn herding titles through: 

American Kennel Club (AKC)
American Herding Breeds Association (AHBA)
Australian Shepherd Club of America, Inc. (ASCA)


HT –Herding Tested
PT –Pre-Trial Tested
HSA –Herding Started Course A
HCT –Herding Capability Test
JHD –Junior Herd Dog
HRD –Herding Ranch Dog
HTAD –Herding Trial Arena Dog
HTD –Herding Trial Dog

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