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It’s rare to visit a horse farm and not be greeted by their farm dog. It seems almost every ranch has one! They come in all different breeds, sizes, and colors. Some want a pup for herding, while others need protection or companionship. The most important thing is your dog is friendly and well behaved!
The Perfect Farm Dog
- They’re good with a range of livestock- horses, goats, pigs, sheep, cattle, chickens, etc.
- This dog knows their job (whether that be herding, guarding, pest management, or companionship) and does it well.
- They don’t try to escape or run off the farm.
- They know basic commands like sit, lay, stay, and come.
- They’re not aggressive with children or visitors.
- They warn you of strangers by barking, but not attacking.
- They can handle all types of weather.
- This dog is low maintenance and keeps weight easily.
- They were raised or trained on a working farm.
- Lastly, they won’t be anxious if left on the ranch alone.
No dog is born this way, but with proper training and care they can be shaped into a good pup. Some breeds are known for preforming well on farms, such as Blue Heelers and Corgis. You may want to look into those first.