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Old 05-10-2007, 11:01 AM  
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What's the Best Farm Dog?

I'm bored today, so I'm throwing this out at ya...

What's the best farm dog breed? I'd be looking for a bigger dog, good watchdog, one that won't take off when off his leash, protective of the animals and children alike.

I've seen Akbash's and they are lovely! Any other suggestions?
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:05 AM  
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Not a Pit Bull ... Sorry I couldn't help myself. My pit does try but those doggone rabbits get her everytime! I love Heelers but they're not very big.
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:06 AM  
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Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the pitbull, no offense to anyone. And we do plan on having bunnies, cows, chickens, and of course horses...
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:08 AM  
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I would have to say the Australian Shepherd. I also love the Great Pyrenees but they tend to wander away.
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:09 AM  
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I would have to say the Australian Shepherd.
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:11 AM  
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The best we have found is an aussie or an aussie/heeler cross. Pure heelers are not for everyone, since they can be very strong herders and a little stubborn to train But the combo produces a great dog...

Here are two wonderful examples that we own:

B'alana - goinng on 11 years old and the best dog ever...



And Sparky, 18 month old male, her trainee andor cohort in crime (depending on what they have been up to

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Old 05-10-2007, 11:17 AM  
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Hmmm, I would stay away from any herding breed actually, unless you don't mind your livestock and horses being herded. My German Shepherd is great, but he does like to bark at and if he can, chase the horses. (although he is getting much better about it, he is still young) My personal choice would be to go to the pound and save a soul. They will be forever grateful and you'll end up with a great dog. My personal choice is to go and adopt an adult large breed dog (they are the hardest to place) they are ususally house trained already and some know basic commands. I have found that it doesn't take too long for them to know the routine. Good luck and don't forget to post pics when you get one!
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:18 AM  
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Actually, mastiffs do all of the things you described above, without the instinct to herd things, if that is something you wish to avoid.
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:26 AM  
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You name it I got it. J/K.

I have a a Pyrenees - But he'll bolt as soon as his feet hit the ground.

Now, Our blue heeler, he's big, But I'll say he'll get as big as my 15' beagle maybe a little taller. But he's real smart, like Gbar said stubborn at first to train, but once you set the rules. Great dog. The only one of our pack that doesn't run away. Sticks by your side. As he doesn't chase the horses either when I'm riding. He'll sneak but once the horse snorts or moves, he's gone.



My choice go with the heeler.


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Old 05-10-2007, 11:26 AM  
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Herding instinct or not, in my (very biased) opinion, Border Collies are the BEST dogs in the world!

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Old 05-10-2007, 11:30 AM  
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They are good dogs and very people oriented...

Kelly, a Queensland will stay at your side no matter what - but the aussie mixed with them seems to give them a less intense attitude though - and we have had heelers for decades.. I do love them, but must say I am enjoying both my "designer dogs" a lot more as I get older
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:33 AM  
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'kay...I'm parial to my Pitties though they are not for everyone, but the next best would probably be a Rottweiler...great protectors, can herd if needed and are awesome family dogs especially the females...they get motherly over everyone in their "family" and get like a brood hen with her chicks sometimes.
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I wish I could mix the pyrenees demeanor and laid back style and the ACD's loyalty. Now that would be a dog.

Oh and throw in some JRT silly antics to keep you laughing and you a got a best dog IMO
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:35 AM  
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I wish I could mix the pyrenees demeanor and laid back style and the ACD's loyalty. Now that would be a dog.
An Aussie and Pyr cross would be great too!
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I have a Dalmatian. He is a big solid Dalmatian and he does wonderful with the horses. I don’t have any other animals so I don’t know how he would do. He protects the horses, doesn’t herd them though, he come riding with me in the ditches and trails, he doesn’t run away and he guards his home! The only bad thing is, they shed A LOT year round.

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I like the GSD, pyrs are good guardians but yes wander withing their territory and bark A LOT . Our Chimo proved himself last year when we had our coyote problems.
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:39 AM  
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Now that is the way a dog's life is supposed to be - I love that picture!
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:40 AM  
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I would stay away from any herding breed actually, unless you don't mind your livestock and horses being herded.
I think the herding dogs make good farm dogs and they don't HAVE to herd. I teach my aussies NOT to chase the horses.
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I would have to say check into English Sheperds. I would take one in a heart beat.

If I actually had livestock, I would most likely not want as "hard" of a dog as the Catahoulas, (not that Catahoulas are not great stock dogs with the right handlers)...yet I would still want something that is unspoilt by popularity and the ablity to work at many things..
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I would stay away from any herding breed actually, unless you don't mind your livestock and horses being herded.
I think the herding dogs make good farm dogs and they don't HAVE to herd. I teach my aussies NOT to chase the horses.
My Aussie doesn't chase the horses. She stays with me where ever I am.
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