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Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 35-45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 18-20; Female: 17-19 inches
  • COLOR(S) Blue or blue-mottled with or without other markings; red speckled. Puppies are born white but get their color within a few weeks.
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Australian Shepherd
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 50-65; Female: 40-55 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 20-23; Female: 18-21 inches
  • COLOR(S) blue merle, black, red merle, or red, all with or without white markings and/or tan points
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Bearded Collie
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 45-55 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 21-22; Female: 20-21 inches
  • COLOR(S) any shade of gray or chocolate. White may appear as a blaze, or on tail tip, feet, and chest. Tan points may also occur.
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Beauceron
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 75-85; Female: 65-75 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 25-27; Female: 24-26 inches
  • COLOR(S) Black & Tan with specific tan markings; Harlequin with patches of gray, black, and tan
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Belgian Malinois
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 60-65 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-26; Female 22-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) rich fawn to mahogany, with black-tipped hairs; black mask and ears
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Belgian Sheepdog
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 60-65 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) black
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Belgian Shepherd Malinois
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 65-75 Female: 55-65 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) Fawn, mahogany; with black overlap. The mask and ears are black.
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Belgian Shepherd Tervuren
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 65-75; Female: 60-70 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) Fawn, gray, red; with black overlap. The ears and face are black.
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Belgian Tervuren
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 60-65 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay (becoming darker with maturity), black mask and ears
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Border Collie
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 30-45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 20-23; Female: 18-21 inches
  • COLOR(S) black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan
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Bouvier Des Flandres
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 69-90 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-28; Female: 24-27 inches
  • COLOR(S) from fawn to black, including salt and pepper, gray, and brindle
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Briard
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 75-100 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 23-27; Female: 22-25.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) all uniform colors except white (includes black, tawny, and gray shades)
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Canaan Dog
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 45-55; Female: 35-45 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 20-24; Female: 19-23 inches
  • COLOR(S) may be either predominantly white with mask with or without additional color patches, or solid color with or without white trim.
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Collie
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 60-75; Female 50-65 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-26; Female 22-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) sable and white; tricolor, blue merle; white (predominantly white, preferably with markings)
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Corgi
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 25-30; Female: 24-28 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 10-12 inches
  • COLOR(S) Sable, fawn, red, black and tan with or without white markings.
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German Shepherd
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 75-95 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 24-26; Female: 22-24 inches
  • COLOR(S) most colors, other than white, are permissible.
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Icelandic Sheepdog
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 25-30; Female: 20-25 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 18; Female: 16 inches
  • COLOR(S) Golden Sable, Sandy Yellow, Red, Black/White/Tan, Black and White
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Norwegian Buhund
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 31-40; Female: 26-35 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 17-18.5; Female: 16-17.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) Wheaton, Black
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Olde English Sheepdog
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 70-90; Female: 60-80 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 22; Female: 21 inches
  • COLOR(S) any shade of gray, grizzle, blue, blue merles with or without white markings
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Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 40-50; Female: 30-40 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 18-20; Female: 17-19 inches
  • COLOR(S) White with patches of gray, sandy, chocolate, and black.
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Polish Owczarek Nizinny
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 40-50; Female: 30-40 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 18-20; Female: 17-19 inches
  • COLOR(S) White with patches of gray, sandy, chocolate, and black.
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Puli
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 25-35 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 17; Female: 16 inches
  • COLOR(S) solid black, rusty black, gray, and white
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Pyrenean Shepherd
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 15-30 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 15.5-21.5; Female: 15-20.5 inches
  • COLOR(S) Gray, fawn, merle, brindle.
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Queensland Heeler
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: Male: 32-35; Female: 30-35 lbs
  • HEIGHT: Male: 17-20; Female: 17-19 inches
  • COLOR(S) Red speckled or mottled, blue speckled or mottled; markings of black and tan, tan, or red.
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Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie
  • BREED GROUP: Herding
  • WEIGHT: 20 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 13-16 inches
  • COLOR(S) Black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan
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