This breed of dogs has a unique ability to control the movement of a variety of livestock, including herds of cattle and flocks of sheep. As household pets, these energetic, smart, and intelligent dogs make excellent companions and watchdogs. Their pure instincts prompt them to gently herd their owners, especially little children in the family. As an intelligent breed, they respond beautifully to firm, consistent training and are protective of their people. With their intelligence and agility, these serious tireless workers can actively round up other livestock with aggressive barking and frantic running.