Working Farm Dogs

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Skip, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. Skip

    Skip Chillin' With My Peeps

    There are probably nearly as many dog lovers on this site as chicken lovers! This thread is for the hardworking pooches, the classic farm/ranch dog with its own duties. What breed is your working dog? What are it's duties? Rounding up the poultry? Guarding them? Alerting to threats? Brag away! Pics would be lovely too. [​IMG]
  2. arabianequine

    arabianequine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 4, 2010
    Ok her job is too eat all the chicken/duck poop she can find and to chase the duck and 2 roosters that are loose.

    My saint bernard Symphony is not a working dog really.....she protects us though. She is an inside dog. I have 4 weiner dogs too and when Symphony barks we know it very different sound and not very often so startling usually.

    No other posters at the time I started to respond just got back to finishing my post.

    There is a lot of pics on there....of her growing. She is 11 months now. 2nd and 3rd pic are the most recent.

    The link would help huh.....
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2010
  3. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    Our dog is 3/4 lab, 1/4 husky and she hangs out with the chickens while they're free-ranging, clearing the yard of chicken poop and all-around guard/watchdog. She woke me up this morning, growling because one of the neighbor's cats wandered into the yard. When I let her out, she ran h-bent for leather after the cat, barking and snarling but stopped when she reached the trees that indicate the property line. She came back all excited and proud of herself. Blaze, the dog, also keeps general vermin down.


    As you can see, she is very trustworthy with poultry ... too trustworthy. Dang turkeys.
  4. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    My Evie is a great farm dog! She has never harmed any of my animals and protects them all. She killes any vermin that comes to the house that is looking fot a chicken meal!!
    She is a Rottweiler/Black and tan coonhound mix and I love her so much [​IMG]
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    My pack of pugs catch rats, tree coons an alarm at everything from a car in the driveway to an hen laying an egg.
  6. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    This is Dalton. He's an Australian Cattle Dog and just an all around farm dog. He's usually "protector" of the animals, but we've used him to herd goats, geese, and chickens before. He also enjoys going for rides in the car, especially to the feed store and Tractor Supply.



    Watching over the horses
  7. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Cute pups! Dalton's brown eyes are gorgeous!
    I'm new to farming, so i probably don't have the most hard core of working dogs, but I can tell you that my day is a lot easier with their help. They'll always load up to help, regardless of the weather or day of the week, which is better than I can say for most help.

    The top of the chain is Starla- she's 11 years old now but can still clear fences, sneak stealthily and run the show completely. She is, without a doubt, the smartest dog i've ever met. Her parents were working farm dogs in Oregon and she's taught ME about working together. She doesn't like face time with the chickens, but she checks their fences and watches over them from a vantage point when they free range. I can send her up to find the horse in the woods and she'll come back down with the horse in tow (smart horse too). When the neighbor cows cross the fence line, Starla usually finds them before the farmer knows they're missing.

    Jack the dog is a three year old rescue dog- He's over a 100 pounds and has really shaped up to be a reliable helper. He's too scaredy to do the solo work that Starla will, but he makes a good side kick. He patrols the barn to make sure no one's getting cozy in there who shouldn't be there (His yowl when he actually finds something is hilarious, like he's yelling for me to come and deal with it) and he loves the chickens. The hens will follow him to the compost pile and he'll lay there while they dig, sometimes he digs too which makes for a wormfest for all! He's still scared of the horses and cows, but they do outweigh him by a few pounds.
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    We also just adopted a little 18 lbs border collie cross- she's still finding her place in the pack but so far she's proven to be a great mouse and mole killer! She'll go right under the coop and dig out the culprit, i admire that.
  8. SAM1646

    SAM1646 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2010
    Washington Twp, Mi
    I have two Australian shepards. Great guard dogs and farm dogs. Just watch for strangers since they protect the children and the house to the enth degree. I love them just as much!!!


  9. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    Everyone's dogs are beautiful! [​IMG]

    We have an Australian Shepherd named Max, who is great with chickens, cats, rabbits, and goats. He is very gentle with chicks and always keeps a sharp eye on them. He also helps us herd the chickens and goats into their pens. He is also very protective of his house and people.


    Your Aussie puppy looks almost exactly like our dog Max did when he was a puppy. We did a double take when we saw him!

    Max guarding his chicks:
  10. SAM1646

    SAM1646 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2010
    Washington Twp, Mi
    I'snt the Aussie Breed so additive

    Last edited: Nov 15, 2010

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