if you want a herding dog for livestock: blue healer / australian shepherd if you want a herding dog for sheep: border collie if you want a dog for protection: german shepherd (train it so that it WONT attack the animals) if you want a dog for the heck of having a dog: lab
i have a blue healer and theyre pretty good. theyre also known to live longer so yeah :)
A well mannered gentle breed, something that will not chase the chickens & horses all over farm. (Unless that's what you want?) Maybe a lab or retriever? Or even a nice mutt. Australian sheep dogs & border collies are wonderful farm dogs but they need to work, a lot. (Herding sheep & cattle.) If not they may become irritable & aggressive & start nipping heels.
I would say a border collie cuz they are the smartest breed the dog world, which makes them easy to train. Especially if u need them to herd your sheep these dogs are the best and as long A's you keep them active they would be a great family dog
I would say a Rat Terrier. They will keep your barn, house, corn crib, etc. free of rats and they are not very expensive. I love mine. Of course, you may have to deal with that small dog syndrome but I still say they are worth it. They are also fairly easy to train.
Great Pyrenees, they are perfect and will not back down when protecting your other animals or you. but we have a pitbull that doesn't attack any of our horses, chickens, goats or other dogs. she was a rescue and has been a wonderful addition to our farm. border collies are wonderful also. they are highly intelligent! I really don't get where the German shepherd comes in for a farm. but guess they will be ok too.
My grandparents have a australian shepard/blue healer. He's extremely intelligent and is very protective over kids. One of my younger cousins left the gate to the pasture open and a couple horses got out and started walking across the front yard. My grandfather yelled for the dog and the dog had them back inside the gate in no time.
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breeds i would include beagles,blue ticks , german pointers, blood hounds, labs, border collies, german and australian shepherds, sheep dogs, collies ( like lassie )., husky , terriers , the list goes on and a but this names a few .
Depends entirely on the purpose you expect a dog to fulfill. Left unattended, border collies and the like with high herding drive are known to make life hell for chickens, driving them constantly around the yard. Unless you have legitimate need for rounding up livestock, you'll probably be happier with a dog with a fairly low herding drive, more of a guard dog to keep cougars, coyotes and stray dogs away from your stock. Plenty of shepherds breeds fit the bill. In any case, be careful to train your dog or puppy from the get-go to leave the chickens alone.
A Border Collie, and German Shepherd. They are they best farm dogs, i know from personal experience, Labs are great dogs too, it really just depends on their purpose, how much time you are dedicated to them, and your lifestyle.
I have a working cattle ranch in Montana. The best working dog for cattle, sheep or horses, is the Border Collie Sheep Dog. It's in their genes or blood. Very little training, excellent for work, family and children. Very protective of children. Mike in Montana
It totally depends on what u are looking for the dog to DO on the farm. Border collies are good, but so are terriers if u having problem with rats in barns, rhodisian rridgebacks are great especially if crossed with catahula or australian sheperd. What do you want primary function of the dog to be??????
When raising cattle I had several Rhodesian Ridgebacks who would keep the farm clear of those things I did not want there, but they had to be trained to allow the cats, horses etc. to stay in the yard. Did not have chickens but I know they could have been trained to accept them. They are extremely intelligent and very loyal. I do believe that any breed can be trained, but some dogs within any breed will not be trainable to leave chickens alone. Often times your local Vet will know of someone who had dogs to give away who have been raised with chickens, check with your Veterinarian.
Depends where the farm is. Can't usually go wrong with Border Collies, but if you're in an area where predators (coyotes for instance) are a problem you'll probably need something a bit more robust. Any wolfhound or one of the mountain breeds (Pyrenees) would do.
German Shepard! Get a Female and allow her to have one set of pups then get her spayed unless you want more. German Sheppard's are naturally a family dog and protect the family as a whole. The pups will give her the maternal instinct of a mother and there is nothing stronger.
Border Collies or Cattle Dogs for sure! I have a border collie, blue heeler, cattle dog and Australian shepherd mix, and since she isn't on a farm, she will "herd" my family and our friends, such as when they run, she will bark and kinda chase you around so that you will stop it, but she is really energetic and even though she is 12. we've always had a lot of room for her to run around so she is very hyper and fun. AND they are super smart dogs so you can train them to do almost anything. Mine will talk!
in my experience i would definitely say one that is not a breed known for barking alot cuz you want them to only bark when there is a good reason to. And one that is NOT long haired They get too many burrs etc in them. And one that is not too wound up and hyper all the time. i had a huge rott for 12 years and he was the best but lots of breeds are great too
If you are not wanting it for herding then you could get any breed you like really. I actually would stay away from a terrier. The main problem you might have is the chickens, you should get a dog that's been raised around them, or get a puppy. Any breed of dog will have to be trained to get along with the animals.
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i also live on a farm with horses and chickens and would get a pembroke welsh corgie because they are good dogs and easy to train and they do not try to kill chickens. a german shepard would try to kill chicken.