Hailing from Basque Country Spain, the Basque Shepherd is a medium sized breed of with a lot of energy and a lot of personality. The Basque Shepherd's natural charisma and eagerness to get jobs done have allowed these dogs to excel as herding pets. The Basque Shepherd's lineage is very storied and intriguing; the skeletal remains of one of the Basque Shepherd's distant ancestors were recently found in an ancient cave system. The kicker? These bones were eventually revealed to be older than 12,000 years old, suggesting that the Basque Shepherd may descend from one of the oldest dog breeds whose offspring are still alive to this very day.
If you were to try to summarize a Basque Shepherd based on their admittedly unassuming appearance, you probably wouldn't guess that these friendly little furballs have the sort of storied family history and unique abilities that they do. But as the man said - you should never judge a book by its cover. We hope that if you don't take anything else away from this guide, you'll come to believe that said principle of not making judgments based on outer appearances ought to be applied to dogs as well. Basque Shepherds are capable of all sorts of amazing things but, just as with any dog of any other breed, the only way to really know what one of these dogs is truly capable of is to get to know one on a personal level. We think the information presented in this guide will have convinced you that getting to know a Basque Shepherd is well worth the effort!