This business of dogs bred to a specific purpose is recent. Many years ago most dogs of intermediate size where associated with agriculture and provided many services in addition to hunting and keeping your feet warm at night. Those dogs are now collectively known as pariah dogs (mutts to the ill-informed). Some of those services included defense of home and stock (including poultry for dogs in Asia, Europe and Indian subcontinent) where training was required. This was reality for just about 10,000 years which predates animal herding by a couple thousand years. Standard LGD's were derived from such dogs, not directly from wolves. My pointers have general farm use in their recent background which is retained to varying degrees (according to individual dog) that can be developed. That behavioral flexibility makes for increased rate of success when working on a function for which dogs where not developed specifically for.