Extremely intelligent dog.
Also very territorial and protective. High energy, too. Not the kind of dog for everyone, but we love him and he takes care of us.
great dogs. Love them. Right outside Las Vegas we’ve got a guy with a sheep ranch. Only a dozen or two head. But he makes money letting people bring their dogs from Las Vegas out to his ranch and he trains them to herd sheep.
Mostly, the dogs already know how to do this. But you need to help them define the line between herdee and prey for the dog who frequently will attack first instead of just nipping and driving the sheep.
Other than driving a sled dog team onto of a glacier in Alaska, my favorite experience with a dog is watching them herd. Hard to beat and you get to see what your dog has inside him/her. Hell, I just discovered that one of my Westhighland Terriers could track and hunt! You don’t know what your dog has in him until you put him in the right situation.