A few references noted positive characteristics such as their loyalty and herding abilities.
But on the French left — riven by ideological splits from competing centuries — that job is akin to herding cats.
They beat the activists, dragging bloodied bodies through the snow and herding women and children into armored vans.
Old English heord "herd, flock," from Proto-Germanic *herdo- (cf. Old Norse hjorð, Old High German herta, German Herde, Gothic hairda "herd"), from PIE *kerdh- "a row, group, herd" (cf. Sanskrit śárdhah "herd, troop," Old Church Slavonic čreda "herd," Greek korthys "heap," Lithuanian kerdžius "shepherd"). Herd instinct in psychology is first recorded 1908.
mid-13c., "to watch over or herd (livestock);" of animals, "to gather in a herd, to form a flock," late 14c., from herd (n.). Related: Herded; herding.
Gen. 13:5; Deut. 7:14. (See CATTLE.)