Herding Dog Names

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Introduction

Humans have been utilizing the skills of the canine species to help protect and guide their livestock since before recorded history. Dumuzid’s Dream, a Sumerian manuscript that was written prior to 2900 BC, is the first to specifically mention a shepherd’s dog, although many of the first shepherding dogs are believed to be more livestock guardians than today’s traditional herding dog. Herding breeds are developed not only for their herding instincts, but also for their obedience and trainability, their protective nature, and their ability to think independently when the situation calls for it. If you have herds of livestock to wrangle and are planning on making your new pup your canine coworker as well as your canine companion, this list should provide ample inspiration. 

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Herding Dog Name Considerations

There are several ways to choose an appropriate name for your herding dog or dogs. There are many names on the list that literally mean herder or shepherd, names such as Artzai, from the Basque culture, Gopika, from India, or Calvert, from England, and the translation of the word "herd" in other languages can yield pleasant sounding names as well such as Stado, Kundi, or Manada. Some people may prefer to choose a name that honors a notable herding dog before them, such as Bluey, an Australian Cattle dog that is the longest-lived dog to date, or Irma, in honor of the German Shepherd known as Crumstone Irma, a dog that saved many lives during World War II. Mythological names are also a popular source of inspiration and can be tailored to fit the dog's purpose, using names like Aristaios, Sirtur, or Brigid for a sheep herding dog, or Bubona, Veles, or Sarama for a dog that will be specializing in cattle. Another option is to base the name of the dog on a personality trait that is preferred for herding dogs, names like Zippy, Hayden, or Kassidy, or to employ words that describe parts of the dog's job as a herder, such as Cutter, Tracker, or Blitz. 

Male Herding Dog Names

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Agni
The Vedic god of fire who was partial to both rams and goats
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Agnus
Agnus Dei refers to the Lamb of God in the Christian Holy Communion
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Ahbhu
Ahbhu was a herding dog known as a Puli who was featured in the 1975 novelette “The Deathbird”, by Harlan Ellison
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Aristaios
The Greek god of shepherds and beekeepers
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Artzai
A Basque name that means shepherd
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Barker
A name from England that means shepherd
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Bluey
The longest lived dog to date, Bluey, was a working Australian Cattle dog who was 29 years and 5 months old when he died in 1939
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Bobbie
A Scottish Collie who travelled 2,551 miles to get home after he got separated from his family on a family trip
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Calvert
An English name that means cowboy or cowherd
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Cutter
Cattle and sheep are often cut from the herd for one-on-one attention
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Dodger
Herding dogs often have to dodge the hooves of the animals that they are herding
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Hayden
An English name that means strong, independent, and loving
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Hewitt
An English name that means little smart one
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Khnum
The Egyptian god Khnum, the source of the Nile, was depicted with the head of a ram
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MacGregor
A Scottish name meaning son of a shepherd
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Mercury
This name can refer to the innermost planet of the solar system, a metalic liquid also known as quicksilver, or the speedy Greek messenger to the gods
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Nandi
Shiva’s steed is a bull named Nandi
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Orbit
Dogs often circle their herds in their attempts to control them
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Ovidio
A Spanish name that means shepherd
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Pan
The Greek god of the wilds and of flocks of sheep and goats, with the horns and hindquarters of a goat himself
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Pastor
The word pastor means shepherd in several languages, including Catalan, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish
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Puzzle
Herding dogs are highly intelligent and enjoy figuring out puzzles
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Shipley
An English name meaning from the sheep’s meadow
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Simon
A Hebrew name that means obedient
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Stado
The Bosnian word for herd
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Strongheart
The first German Shepherd with name-above-the-title billing in a film
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Suru
The Turkish word for herd
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Tracker
A good herding dog is often able to track down livestock if they wander away from the herd
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Veles
A major god of Slavic mythology, a dark, wooly god associated with the harvest, cattle, wealth, and magic
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Drover
The practice of moving livestock over long distances by guiding them forward is called droving

Female Herding Dog Names

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Bailey
An English name which means courtyard within castle walls or steward
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Bata
An ancient cow goddess associated with Upper Egypt
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Blitz
Herding dogs often use energetic and concerted efforts, sometimes referred to as blitzes
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Brigid
The Irish goddess of poetry and husbandry, Brigid, was the owner of Cirb, the king of all sheep in Ireland
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Bubona
A Roman goddess who protects cattle
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Chaser
The dog with the largest verified vocabulary of 1,022 words, Chaser is a Border Collie
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Crook
Shepherds often used crooks, or long sturdy sticks with a hook at the end, in order to help control their herds of sheep
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Csorda
The Hungarian word for herd
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Fidelity
A name that refers to the loyalty that most herding dogs possess
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Gabi
A German Shepherd guard dog at the Belgrade Zoo that defeated an escaped jaguar in the course of her duties
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Goloka
The eternal abode of Lord Krishna and Radha, also known as the world of cows
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Gopika
A name referring to cowherd girls in India
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Heidrun
The Nordic goat that is said to eat the leaves from the world tree, Yggdrasil
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Irma
German Shepherd Irma, also known as Crumstone Irma, assisted in the rescue of 191 people trapped under bombed out buildings during World War II
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Jet
The speed at which these dogs can organize their herds is amazing
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Kari
The Estonian word that means herd
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Kassidy
An Irish name that means clever or intelligent
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Kundi
The Swahili word for herd
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Lauma
The Finnish word for herd
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Manada
The Spanish word for herd
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Mouflon
Geneticists believe that most varieties of sheep are the descendants of Asiatic Mouflons
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Pastore
A feminine version of Pastor from Germany
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Sami
The Sami people of Scandinavia used herding dogs to help control herds of reindeer
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Sarama
Sarama is a Hindu deity that is given the title of mother of Wolves as well as helping to recover god-king Indra’s cattle when they were stolen
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Sheila
A Border Collie from the Cheviot Hills who was the first civilian canine to earn a Dickin Medal
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Sirtur
A goddess of sheep in Sumerian, Babylonian, and Akkadian cultures
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Surabhi
A divine bovine goddess from Hindu religion
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Thalia
The ancient Greek muse who presided over comedy and short poetry was often depicted carrying a shepherd's crook
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Velcro
Many herding dogs are known to be Velcro dogs, who are always at their owner’s side
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Zippy
To be zippy is to be fast and energetic, traits that are beneficial in a herding dog

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