Victorian Herding Association

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About Us
The Victorian Herding Association is the only herding club affiliated with Dogs Victoria (although some Breed Clubs are also active in herding).  It is non-breed specific and a club ideal for promoting herding.  Members' dogs may be on the Main Register of Dogs Victoria the Associate Register or the Sporting Register (registerd working dogs)
The VHA was active in getting herding recognized as an Australian National Kennel Control Council sport and developing rules for the sport.
The VHA organizes Herding Trials and Tests and promotes herding education through running Training Days and Clinics.
We know that most dog people belong to multiple clubs, so we have kept our fees low.  Our renewals are due January of each year
We hope that you will join us and look forward to getting to know you and your dog's while pursuing this fantastic sport.


Breeds eligible for the Herding Program include:


Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Kelpie

Australian Shepherd

Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

Bearded Collie

Belgian Shepherds Dog [All Varieties]

Bergamasco Shepherd Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

Border Collie

Bouvier des Flandres


Collie Rough and Smooth

Dutch Shepherd Dog

Finnish Lapphund

German Shepherd Dog 

German Shepherd (Long Stock Coat)

Giant Schnauzer


Kerry Blue Terrier



Maremma Sheep Dog

Norwegian Buhund

Norwegian Elkhound

Old English Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdog



Pyrenean Sheepdog Longhaired

Rottweiler (10/08) Eligible from 01.01.09

Samoyed (Approved for listing late 2005)

Shetland Sheepdog

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Standard Schnauzer

Swedish Lapphund

Swedish Vallhund

Tibetan Terrier

Welsh Corgi Cardigan

Welsh Corgi Pembroke

White Swiss Shepherd Dog


Mixed breeds may be accepted provided they are a mix or apparent mix of Herding breeds.

These must be Associate Registered Dogs


Dogs registered with an ANKC Ltd recognized working dog association or kindred body are able to compete in Herding Trials organized under the auspices of an ANKC Ltd Body.

Such dogs must be registered with the ANKC Ltd, and the owner and handlers be members of a

Member Body.


Such dogs are to be allowed to complete without prejudice to sexual status in that they are not required to be neutered and may be bred as acceptable by the working registry they are registered with.



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