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This is generally known as one of the more intelligent breed groups. However, high intellect does not always make for a good pet. Herding breeds also have high energy levels and require constant stimulation. These types of dogs do not always work well in homes with young children, for they have a tendency to race after running youngsters, as though herding sheep, and can possibly knock them over.
Herding breeds are consistently among the top competitors in agility trials. Their intelligence allows them to quickly learn to navigate the obstacles, and their athleticism allows them to virtually fly through the course with speed and ease.
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