The Portuguese Sheepdog is a devoted herding dog that has been working alongside the farmers of Portugal for over a century. They are skilled at herding many different types of livestock, including sheep, cows, pigs, and even horses. Herding dogs like the Portuguese Sheepdog often have an intense desire to do what they were developed for, and in the absence of livestock, they tend to begin herding other things, such as stuffed animals, neighborhood children, and even cats on occasion. Some farmers and ranchers have recently started renting out their land and livestock to allow these dogs an outlet for their herding instincts.
Herding breeds or retrieving breeds like Belgian Malinois, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Border Collies are frequently employed as Search and Rescue dogs. The Portuguese Sheepdog is a skilled herding dog who is also exceptionally accomplished at locating lost members of the herd. The job of a Search and Rescue dog is often about locating missing people, particularly children who have wandered off, patients with Alzheimer's, even people who just lost the trail when out hiking, a job which is second nature to these friendly and lively dogs. This particular activity can be an expensive endeavor due to the cost of training, transport to locations, and equipment.
The art of Canine Freestyle Dance is an activity in which a team made up of a human and one or more canines perform a carefully choreographed routine to music, which can range from simple to complex and may incorporate dramatic tricks and specialized heelwork. It first gained notice in the 1980s, and the first official Canine Freestyle Dance organization was founded in 1991 in British Columbia. The Portuguese Sheepdog is a lively and intelligent dog that picks up new tricks and commands very quickly and is likely to enjoy the attention as well as the fast pace of learning. Perfect fun any time but especially on a rainy day, practicing at home gives dog and owner enjoyable time together all for the cost of a little music!