I have a rottweiler mix female. She is a pretty good farm dog. She's smart enough to stay away from the horses and not be too agressive like a herding type dog might be. She isn't a hunting type dog so she doesn't run off chasing rabbits etc. she's short haired so not a lot of maintenance and no tail to knock stuff over with. Out of all my dogs (I have 6 ) she is my pick to be an all around horse dog.
Good advice Frog. My shepherd mix was an adult dog when I got her. She will not leave the horses legs alone, she wants to get them moving I think if she had been raised with them she would have been ok.
Yep, I agree with Frog, it's going to be more on an individual dog basis rather then breed. As long as the dog is friendly and obediant I think they can learn to be good barn dogs. I have a St Barnard who comes with me to the barn every day. The kids (and parents) absolutely love her and she has no desire to chase the horses. I haven't quite figured out how to keep her from getting too close to the horse's hindquarters though... fortunately our horses are very laid back! But definitely something I'd like her to learn asap!
I also agree that it depends on the individual dog. I would suggest going to the humane society and picking out a puppy who seems to have a nice temperament that you can bring up around horses. Also, I think going to training classes help a lot. I went to some with my Newfoundland and it worked wonders.
Austrailian Shepards and German Shepards are great dogs. They are respectful and very intelligent. I knew these people that traveled with their horses and their german shepard went everywhere with them.
Hi there I have an Aussie Shepherd/Border collie mix I got from the pound when he was 2 months old. I would suggest a cattle type dog as I feel they are smarter and easier to train. Not only is he good with the horses, but he'll scout the trail and follow behind us. He can easily go 20-30 miles and keep up the whole time. He listens well, and also lets me know when something is not right. I've had a few different dogs in my lifetime, and he is definitely the best one I've ever had.