New Zealand Headings are descended from Border Collies. They were bred to herd sheep and adapt to quick movements and make split second decisions. They are active dogs who need mental stimulation otherwise they will get frustrated. It is not recommended that you let one of these dogs become simply a house pet since this will cause them to get frustrated and start acting out. If you do not allow your dog to get the proper mental and physical stimulation, they will begin to behave strangely. Some have noticed that when New Zealand Headings get bored, they start herding small children or animals.
New Zealand Headings were bred to herd sheep and protect their owners. They are excitable dogs with quick reflexes who get bored easily. But they are also lovely dogs who make wonderful pets. You might not be able to turn them into a quiet housemate, but that doesn't mean that you can't spend special time together exercising and keeping busy. You can go for a picnic, keep them busy with an interactive feeder or just play fetch with them. Keeping your dog busy is not a chore, it can be the highlight of your day. The more thought you put into your activities, the closer you two will become.