I am not experienced with herding, which is why I am asking this as I wish to learn more,
I have only seen herding in Hungary once when I went to meet my pups father, so I am not experienced in the style used in Hungary, only from what I observed.
But here are vids of my pups father working for reference to what I have seen.
Bringing the cattle in from the field
Moving the cattle close by
Keeping the pigs inside whilst farmer puts feed out for them
Anyway, as a breed Mudi are called the "driving dog" of Hungary, in reference to their herding style.
And from what I can tell, Pumi, Puli, and Sinka are also used in a similar manner, as well as Croatian sheepdogs and Pulin which are practically the same breed as Mudi.
What I notice is that the breed is used mostly for moving stock, but "pushing" it in the direction desired (driving).
I like this video of this 8 month old Pumi herding to show how they seem to be used to "push".
And I like this video of a Mudi too.
There are "traditional style" herding competitions as well in Hungary, to give more examples to help give a more "balanced" view if I can...
And Kiss Gabor and "Nudli" herding, well known (I think)
Though it seems sometimes he doesn't even use the dog at all, its kind of hilarious! d
Sometimes the dog can be very barky and enthusiastic,
With a lot of "go" (that many may not let near their stock at all)
And sometimes they are just barking at cattle with no control.
Sometimes the dog can seem well trained
And possibly useful for bringing in the animals
and for good measure, one last video, because I haven't posted enough!
A breeder of Pumi who lives in the US trains her Pumi in a more "american style".
Her lines are closely linked to lines in Hungary.
She sent me these videos as a reference to her Pumi herding.
Pumi herding sheep
First time herding ducks with her Pumi
Anyway, what I see their purpose being is as a dog which stands by the shepherds side, and is used to push the livestock with a lot of speed when needed, or bring them in. They also seem able to work stock a lot more "calmly" too when needed. Such as when moving ducks.
And they dont seem to use much independent thought or stock sense?
I was asked how this could even be useful... And I dont really have a huge answer.
They are not just used for herding, but also ratting and alerting to threats, and even hunting.
So perhaps their use is not just as a herding dog, but for everything?
But they are still used for herding in Hungary, and the croatian sheepdog in croatia, and the Pulin too.
Unlike some other breeds, they dont seem completely replaced by border collies. I dont know if they are in the process of being replaced, but they currently at least still see use on farms....
This is from someone who doesn't know much about herding, so perhaps someone can make sense of what bits of information I am trying to put together...
Perhaps I am completely wrong with my assumption and need a smack on the wrist?