Welsh Sheepdogs are primarily herding dogs who have a natural ability with large flocks of sheep or cattle. Some have been trained to compete in dog agility trials, obedience, rally obedience, flyball, tracking, and herding events. Herding instincts and trainability can be measured at noncompetitive herding tests.
It suffers from some of the problems common to other herding breeds, but is generally very healthy, and has a life expectancy of 12–14 years.
Intelligent and independent
The Welsh Sheepdog is extremely energetic, and needs two-hours of vigorous exercise every day as an absolute minimum. Ideally, it should always be kept as a working dog, for it is difficult if not impossible to completely satisfy its exercise requirements when it is kept as a pet.
Wales and the United Kingdom