English shepherds are the original all-purpose farm dog. Not only do they help with livestock chores, they also hunt vermin, guard livestock from predators, and become part of the family. With the decline of small family farms, English shepherds, and the traits that made them good farm dogs, have found homes in a wide variety of venues. In addition to traditional farm and ranch dogs, many English shepherds have become Search and Rescue dogs and therapy dogs. Others take part in activities such as agility, obedience, flyball, nosework, trialing, and tracking.