We all know that “dogs are man’s best friend,” but you might not be aware that many domestic dog breeds were originally bred to become working farm dogs. There is more to farm dogs than medium or large ones that herd sheep and cattle.
Keep reading to learn more about the best farm dogs you can introduce to your own farm.
1. Australian Shepherd
These dogs are great to have on a farm that you need livestock moved from one pen to another. They will also help you round up your horses and get them to where you need them to be.
Australian shepherds are known to be faithful companions that will be more than happy to hang out with you on the farm all day as you ride horses or simply walk around.
2. Great Pyrenees
If you have a larger farm then the Great Pyrenees is a great choice. This dog will guard the farm and will bark if they ever feel there is something threatening their flock. They are not herders but they will guard and follow its flocks all day long.
They are very independent thinkers and will not need their owners telling them what to do all day.
Keep in mind that because of this breed’s size they will be on the more expensive side when it comes to feeding them. Read more about the best homemade dog food you can feed your farm fur baby to keep them at their healthiest. You want to avoid them getting sick because this too will be more costly than with a smaller farm dog.
These dogs are often compared to a mop because of their coat. Their unique coat is great to protect them from the weather and from any attacks. These farm dogs are great at guarding not only your livestock but also you and your family.
This breed prefers to not have other dogs around because they are territorial. It’s a good idea to get this breed from puppyhood to socialize them with different animals and people. This will help keep them from becoming too aggressive.
4. Border Collie
This dog breed is intelligent making them a perfect choice if you are just learning how to train a farm dog. They have great intuition and will help make training easier.
If you have kids border collies are excellent with children and you do not have to worry about them being aggressive around strangers. They will need daily activity and runs because they have plenty of energy and stamina. They are perfect for herding your livestock and keeping all the animals in check.
Which of These Best Farm Dogs Will You Choose?
Now that you know of some of the best farm dogs you can get to come live the farm life, it is time to choose the perfect fit for you and your farm. It is a good idea to look for a responsible breeder that produces puppies that come from a farm working line. They might be a little more expensive but they will be easier to train when it comes to farm life.
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