Best Dog Breed For Farm?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by diamondsmith, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. diamondsmith

    diamondsmith Out Of The Brooder

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    Help! We are getting a pair of puppies this summer to add to the family farm:). We put our old wheelers/ borders collie must down last summer and I had to give up my pointer/shepherd/lab mix backbone shelter became she was attacking lambs, and killed all of our chickens and geese. My lil sis is already getting a corgi or corgi/ mini Aussie mix (auggi). I'm not sure what breed I want. I like medium, short haired dogs, no flat noses dogs. I may run cross country so they would also serve as a running partner and we usually go on about 5 mile trail rides about 3 times a week. Thanks very much for your help!!
     
  2. diamondsmith

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    Oh my gawd. Sorry for the stupid spelling flaws. Autocorrect is out to humiliate me.
     
  3. Honey Maid

    Honey Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I vote for B/C, or B/C mix. They would have the energy to go on a run with you, and be good around the animals. I was on a 25 mile conditioning ride, years ago, and one of the riders had her B/C along. That dog would run ahead of us, then wait for us, and had plenty of energy after the ride, that dog had a blast.
    Maybe a Q/H and a B/C. We had a Q/H years ago, he was great with the chickens, and would lay by the baby chickens and guard them.
     
  4. diamondsmith

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    So, would a border collie become destructive in the winter though? We don't run or ride due to the extreme cold and deep snOw. And I had one a few years ago, she was extremely aggressive and we ended up having to send her back to the breeder. And what's a q/h?
     
  5. Honey Maid

    Honey Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Queensland Heeler, now known as Austrailian Cattle Dog. Hmmm, I didnt see that you were in South Dakota. I go out in all kinds of weather where I am, but at the most we get 3 feet of snow, so my dogs are outside, when I am outside, and that is most of the day, rain, sun, sleet or snow. I HATE being in the house!
    You may want to nix the B/C then, maybe a Q/H and an Austrailian Shepard? We had an Aussie too, he was a smart dog, let us know when the chickens got out of their pen.
     
  6. Honey Maid

    Honey Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had a ton of dogs, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, she was also very smart, Q/H, Aussie, GSD, Doberman(my ABSOLUTE favorite breed), and I can hardly wait till I can get another. Mcnab mix(a stray someone dumped on the main road) , rottie mix (a stray my DH brought home from town) , jrt mix (another one found on the road), Great Danes, B/C Q/H mix, pain in the butt mix, but she was a great dog, Crotchity like the QH and smart like the BC, English Mastiff, an English Bulldog. two other nondescript mutts.
    We have been very fortunate, all of our dogs get/got along with the goats, chickens and cats, and most of them were 9 months or older when we got them, strays, or rehomes. At one time we had 8 dogs at once, maybe 9, right now we have 5. I can hardly wait till we are down to 3, then I can get my Dobie :)

    Sorry for talking your ear off, good luck in finding the dog to fit!
     
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    Very informative! Thank you! What about corgis? Which breed is an absolute hell no?
     
  8. Honey Maid

    Honey Maid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never had Corgis, but since that are a herding breed, my bet is that they would be fine. Hunting Breeds, for me, are a hell no, from what I've seen and heard from people that have hunting breeds, they take off, follow their noses.... I like breeds that stick around the house.
     
  9. dldolan

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    i love my Border collie/Anatolian Shepard mix. Smart! And you get a great farm dog with the herding and guardian instincts.
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    He barks at birds of prey that might hover near the chickens, HATES raccoons, got two jackrabbits from the vineyard this week, and lets me know if a coyote comes too close. Good boy!
     

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