I am taking an initiative to understand the nature of my dog Broos herding instinct. It was evidant from the day I met Broo and his litter they were natural herders. Being half Aussie, half border collie/blue heeler it was a given. I was taken aback the day I met Broo, his brothers and sisters were herding chickens and ducks at just 8 weeks old. It was clearly out of pure instinct. Then I got to thinking, just where does that instinct come from?
I learned that the herding instinct was a trait, which was selectively bred into herding breeds. Dogs which were naturally talented hunters, but not as likely to kill their prey and were more trainable were bred to create the herding breeds. Dogs that the instinct on how to hunt, without the instinct to injure or kill. Over the years working with humans has developed the many herding breeds into trainable, successful working dogs.