History of Herding
AKC's herding program began June 13, 1989. The program was the largest and most
comprehensive to enter the world of herding. With a group of individuals
already interested, the program took off with great enthusiasm. AKC's program
was created to be a generic program, it allows the owner/handler of the
dog choose from a variety of courses and livestock. The program is open
to all AKC recognized herding breeds, Rottweilers and Samoyeds.
Since its inception the program has realized significant and consistent
growth. The number of tests and trials during the years of 1997 - 2002 has
grown 30%; with entries exhibiting the same percentage of growth during
that time span.
Gazette Articles on Herding