The Herding group, created in 1983, is the newest AKC classification; its members were formerly members of the Working group. All breeds share the fabulous ability to control the movement of other animals. The vast majority of Herding dogs, as household pets, never cross paths with a farm animal. Nevertheless, pure instinct prompts many of these dogs to gently herd their owners, especially the children of the family.
Happiest in wide open spaces, ACDs are very high-energy dogs and extremely intelligent, so they need a job -- such as herding, obedience or agility -- to keep them happy.