Dogs On Farm

May 10, 2002

No farm is complete without dogs.  Here’s a couple we have:

There are all kinds of dogs on the farm.  Not just on our farm of course, but all over the world.  There are many breeds that are in the working class, including such dogs as:

  • American Farm Collie
  • Anatolian Shepherd
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Border Collie
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Komondor
  • Kuvasz
  • Old English Sheepdog

 

Dogs can perform many useful functions.  Besides being great companions for people, they can be general guard dogs, or they can be livestock guardian dogs.  The latter type of working dogs are meant to stay with their charges all the time, and keep them safe from predators.

On our farmstead we happen to have a farm collie and a Maremma sheepdog.  But there many other good breeds for the farm.  Decide what you need the dog to do, then go looking at different breeds to see which most closely matches you needs.

Do keep in mind, however, that just because a breed is supposed to be good at a certain thing, like herding, once in a while a particular dog does NOT have the trait mentioned for that breed.  Dogs are individuals, and while most have the breed characteristics, it’s not a 100% given that every dog of that breed will.

To find the breed that will most likely suit your needs, check out a breed selector like the one found on Animal Planet.  It can help guide you through finding dogs that meet your needs.  You choose from the various criteria, like size of the dog, length of the dog coat, and more, to aide the selection process.

Choose wisely so both you and the dog will be happy with your choice!

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