What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

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What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby FarmersDigest » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:04 pm

I know that everyone is going to have their own opinion, but I welcome opinions! We have a Rottweiler right now, who is 10. If we get this farm, we want a farm dog. Here is what I want. A dog that is protective, but not so much that is becomes a liability. One that will protect the animals on the farm, can be a house dog, loves children (as we have a 14 and 7 year old) will want to be with us, but not high strung. Oh and won't kill animals on the farm. Oh and not a dog that needs to be brushed daily either. Thank you so much, and I look forward to hearing what you think. Have a great day!
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby highgrit » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:08 pm

Lab's and their crosses are hard to beat.
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby Kingfisher » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:29 pm

What kind of animals are you going to have?
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby dun » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:01 pm

I think you have about the ideal right now. With a little training it can taught to herd also.
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby Alan » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:13 pm

For a rott ten is pretty old, but you know this already. Also if your current dog has always been a town dog there's a chance you may lose him/her just letting him/her run on the farm. Whole new set of rules for dogs and cats moving to a farm. Some cattle will attack them, yotes will try to take down a old dog, etc.

We are on our second lab/Chesapeake bay cross, I have no idea how that cross popped up as a pup when our first one past. The two best dogs ever, they protect their territory by barking, play with the grand kids and lay at our feet, or hog the front of the wood stove. Great dogs, labs, lab crosses (the right cross).
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby branguscowgirl » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:23 pm

I am going to always say a lab is the perfect all around dog. Mine are taught to live cohesively even with the chickens and cats at a very young age. However I wouldn't trust a "bird dog" that hadn't been raised with chickens.
I adored my Rot/Lab cross. But she was a bit dog aggressive.

I have bred labs and done a lot of research. You have to be very careful (as with any pure bred) of genetic disorders. If you go the route of a breeder make sure the parents have been tested free for eyes, hips, knees and renal dysplasias. It saves a lot of heart ache later.
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby sim.-ang.king » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:32 pm

A mutt that ain't hard headed, but has brains enough to listen to you.
Usually the strays that just show up fall into this category.
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Postby Nesikep » Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:54 pm

I think Blue heelers are pretty good dogs if they have working parents..

Friend has a Pitt bull as a farm dog.. a lot of bark but a very friendly dog if the boss says you're a friend.. that dog adopts all the orphaned farm animals..chicks, kittens, lambs, piggies and calves all have a friend with him!
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Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:10 pm

A Corgi! Ours loves the kids, barks at strangers, and helps with the cattle. She sleeps on my bed, and goes to all the shows with me. I have had just about every type of dog, and I can honestly say a Corgi is the best dog I have ever had. Calm, cool, and in control! lol
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby dun » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:14 pm

Nesikep wrote:I think Blue heelers are pretty good dogs if they have working parents..

Friend has a Pitt bull as a farm dog.. a lot of bark but a very friendly dog if the boss says you're a friend.. that dog adopts all the orphaned farm animals..chicks, kittens, lambs, piggies and calves all have a friend with him!

Looks like you and I are the only ones that have anything positive to say about Pits.
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby Stocker Steve » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:28 pm

dun wrote:
Nesikep wrote:Friend has a Pitt bull as a farm dog.. a lot of bark but a very friendly dog if the boss says you're a friend.. that dog adopts all the orphaned farm animals..chicks, kittens, lambs, piggies and calves all have a friend with him!

Looks like you and I are the only ones that have anything positive to say about Pits.


Saw a female pit bull / lab cross called "Mallard Muncher" in action. Awesome jaw muscles for the tough retrieves. :nod:
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Postby Stocker Steve » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:31 pm

highgrit wrote:Lab's and their crosses are hard to beat.


Rescued a huge lab/german wirehair cross in SD. Best farm dog I have seen. Hunts vermin, loves pick up rides, and greets any visitors.
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby Aaron » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:00 pm

Labs are a good choice. Border collies, blue heelers, etc (working dogs) can be a real pain if you don't train them and/or don't want them working livestock.
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby FarmersDigest » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:02 pm

highgrit wrote:Lab's and their crosses are hard to beat.

Thank you! I see a lot of labs.
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Re: What kind of farm dog would you recommend?

Postby FarmersDigest » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:04 pm

Kingfisher wrote:What kind of animals are you going to have?

Cows, chickens, and horses. There are a lot of deer, elk, and antelope that are running through the property. We would eventually like to get some sheep.
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