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Which Breeds Are Best Farm Dogs?

Which Breeds Are Best Farm Dogs? Not all dogs are well-suited to farm life. More than a family pet, farm dogs are working members of a team and need a particular temperament and set of skills to do the job .

A farm dog’s CV reads like that of a superhero. They need to be brave, they must after all protect the livestock in their charge and their humans on the farm. They must have stamina, be intelligent, have a herder’s and a hunter’s instinct and must love the outdoors. And to top it all, they still need to be the farmer and family’s best friend. A tall order, but for some breeds, it’s easy as pie. They are, ultimately, born and bred, at their happiest working alongside their farmer ”.

A farmer and his dog walk down a country lane in england

Some farm dogs are better at herding while others are better protectors, some are better at getting rid of vermin, and then there are a few dogs that are all-rounders. Choosing the best dog to help around on the farm depends on what you need from your pup. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best farm dogs around.

1. Border Collie

Border Collie guarding sheep

If you are looking for a farm dog with an excellent work ethic, above average intelligence, passion for their job and dedication, the Border Collie is the right “farmpaw” for you. They are often considered the hardest working dogs in the world. They are tireless and will not stop until the job is done. Whether herding sheep, cattle, chickens or goats, the Border Collie will not stop herding and protecting their flock. 

They have stamina and can continue for hours. Best of all, they are easy to train and make wonderful pets and friends for the farm children. 

2. German Shepherd

German Shepherd farm

The German Shepherd ticks a few of the CV blocks. They are very protective of their family and flock, are intelligent, agile and hardworking. As their name suggests, they were bred by the Germans to guard their sheep and still today, they are excellent guarding dogs. Not only are they good herders and protectors, but they are also excellent hunters and can easily sniff out and kill vermin with their powerful jaws.

They are intelligent and easy to train but need to be kept busy. After a long day’s work on the farm, this pooch would not mind going for another run with the farmer before turning in.

3. Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzer farm dog

Surprise! Who would have guessed? This bearded pooch makes a great all-round farm dog. They were bred to help guard livestock and keep rodents at bay. At the same time they love their humans - the best of both worlds. A good farm worker and a best friend after the shift is over.

Since Schnauzers are territorial, they will warn you very quickly if there is any form of intrusion in or around those they care for.

4. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgie

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi certainly ticks the intelligence and obedience blocks. They make excellent herding dogs and are good at hunting small prey, so they will keep your farm free from varmints. They love children and will make sure they are kept safe since they are so good at herding. 

5. Pyrenean Mountain Dog

Pyrenian Mountain dog guarding livestock

If you are looking for a trustworthy but alert “farmpaw” then this gentle giant is the one for you. This breed is intelligent, loves working on their own and are good at figuring things out for themselves. They are independent and fiercely protective of whatever they deem their own - the sheep they herd, the family or other animals on the farm.

All they ask in return for them protecting you is love, love and then a bit more love.

6. Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog on the farm

If teamwork is one of the characteristics you are looking for in your “farmpaw”, then look no further than the Old English Sheepdog. They get along famously with other farm animals and of course the family and especially the children in the family. They in fact, just love being around humans.

As a farm dog, they are known for being excellent herders. They are very good at concentrating and are not easily distracted from the task at hand.

7. Dalmatian

Dalmatian dog on the farm

Yes, they are not only cute cartoon dogs. Because they are energetic, brave and courageous they make excellent protection dogs. If you need to protect your livestock from other animals,  the Dalmatian is the “farmpaw'' you are looking for.  They do not only make excellent farm dogs, they are also excellent companions, especially for the very active farmer. 

8. Komondor

2 Komondor dogs on a field with a man's legs

Don’t let their mop-look fool you. Their suspicious and independent nature makes them excellent guard dogs. That silly moppy coat serves two important purposes - it provides excellent protection against attacks and helps them weather inclement climate conditions. They will not only guard the livestock in their charge, they will guard you and your family with everything they have in them. 

9. Fox Terrier

Foox terrier close up

Vermin control required? Get a Fox Terrier. They are excellent high-energy hunters that get their prey every time. Busy little creatures they are, they need to be kept busy with lots of exercise and entertainment or they can become destructive.

As they love to play, they are excellent companions for the farm children. Running around, chasing after balls (or vermin) is the best thing ever!

10. Rottweiler

Rottweiler dog breed

You might be surprised to learn that the Rottweiler was bred as livestock drovers. They are excellent herders and due to their size and strength make good protector dogs. They are intelligent, have great instincts and endurance. 

Like with any dog, a farm dog needs to be trained and socialised correctly from an early age. Most of these dogs are easy to train when following the right training guidelines for their breed. 

A farm dog is certainly never just a worker. They usually become an integral part of family life on the farm.

 

 

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