Farm collies are a great breed. They’ve been around for years, in one variation or another. We have an American Working Farm Collie.
He is a cross between an American Farm Collie and an old line of working Border Collies.
Instead of being focused on only one job, these dogs are supposed to be more diverse and an all-around helper on the farm.
Obviously, each dog is different, and has different strengths and weaknesses.
Of course, there are all kinds of farm collies! On the website for the American Working Farm Collie, it states that it features:
- English Shepherds,
- old-fashioned working collies,
- Australian Shepherds,
- Shetland Sheepdogs and
- other Farm collie breeds.
It can get a little confusing, because quite often English Shepherds are also called Farm Collies.
They are considered “America’s Heritage Farm Dog” that are “working dogs, valued for their versatility, loyalty, and intelligence.” (From English Shepherd website)
So when someone says they have a farm collie, it could be a mix of some breeds, or one particular breed like the English Shepherd.
Each breed and each dog will have things that it does better, and those that maybe it doesn’t do as well. Generally speaking, however, these dogs are up to helping with many tasks on a homestead.
The bottom line is a well trained farm collie can be a HUGE asset around the farm!