Originally Posted by Yogiwick
I've never heard of people herding goats..they are rather independent and don't have a huge flocking instinct.
On the Downlands, which are all hills, there was a lot of undergrowth so the National Trust have turned goats out on two sondes of the land. These are now totally feral but once a year they bring them in for worming, neutering the kids and culling.
Out walking it was nothing for my Border Collie and GSD to find some of these goats and herd them back to me! One of the wardens saw this happening and called me over. I thought he was going to give me a rollicking but instead he asked for my phone number so he could call me to use the dogs to bring the goats in!
My BC has gone over the bridge but the GSD will work on her own.
GSDs work in a totally different way to BCs they were originally bred to be walking fences. Once trained you could walk them around an area and leave them to keep the sheep within that area and to be a protector to the flock from predators. They are bolder than BCs and will stand up more strongly to a rampant ram or ewe with young lambs, they will jump forward barking whereas a BC will use strong eye and a nip.
So, goats are herdable, personally and because I have used then as working dogs for years, I would go for the BC.