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post #1 of 13 Old 05-21-2012, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Dog breeds?

Hey guys,
My mom just bought a 5 acre farm, and we are in need of some guard/herding dogs. Right now we have 3 ****zus, 1 rabbit, 1 horse, and 2 children, and are going to get chickens and goats in the future. I'm trying to adopt before I buy, but I'm truly at a loss at what kind of dog to look for. My mom doesn't like Border Collies, and I have no idea what kind of dog would be good with all our animals.
What would your suggestions be??
I thought I'd ask people who can talk from experience.

I know that there is another post about this, but since I'm not 15 I can't post and actually ask people about their opinions about this.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-21-2012, 07:41 PM
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Great Pyrenees are fantastic livestock guardian dogs. They're in the Working group under the AKC, but are not herders. You may find the guardian/herding traits in a single breed or dog if you do some research, but you may need to consider multiple dogs for different jobs.

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What exactly do you want this dog to do? Is it going to work the farm or act more as a pet/gaurdian? I have a collie that watches over the heard and is gentle with all animals. My brother has shephards that will attempt to heard the horses and are for the most part very gentle. They do on occassion have to be watched and introduced to new animals...

Corgis seem like good barn dogs, as well as Austrailan shephards, and cattle dogs....

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For a place of your size and the amount of animals you have I would stick to a guardian dog rather than a herding/working dog.

Herding dogs need to be worked on a regular basis. If they are not they will create their own work, which you will probably not like. For example herding horses or children and at some point killing chickens.
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-22-2012, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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I guess I am looking for a guardian more than a herder. Thanks for the help :) I'm thinking probably a German Shepard, hopefully... Thanks again!

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I have a year old Black lab/.greman shepard, and a german shepard 7 month,they are pretty good with my horses but like to chase my cats just because they run away from them.
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Did you choose yet? Consider the summer heat and cold winters too!
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-31-2012, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I did! Adopted my lovely baby boy, Oliver, last Friday! He's a Lab cross, not sure with what, got him from a humane society. He's a great dog! :) I'll try to post a pic asap!

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Is he a young puppy still? If so, then you need to get him socialized with the other animals now before his instincts kick in and drive him to want to "retrieve" them. That's how they train Pyrenees dogs, they put the young puppies in a pen with a bunch of ewes and lambs so that they can get used to them and associate them as "family" instead of "prey".

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I agree with the post above. We stuck my Australian cattle Dog Macy with our goats fir at least an hour a day so that she'd think they were family.
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