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post #1 of 14 Old 05-21-2008, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Any Sugestions on a good barn dog breed?

I know i want a dog that's good with horses,will stick close even off the leash,and is medium sized (50-70), and can go on trail rides with me and to shows to

Any sugestions?

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-22-2008, 08:09 PM
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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. Shes 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.

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-23-2008, 01:44 AM
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Of all the dogs I've had around horses, the best is my border collieXbull terrier. However I really don't think you can typify a specific breed, I think it is more the individual dog.

Frog was brought up around horses from 6 weeks old, and even being part collie, he has never chased/herded one of my horses and he treats the foals that I have like they were his own.

We also had a Newfoundland x German Shepard who was good but he could get stirred up if the horses were playing, and he wasn't all that aware of where their feet were most of the time.

The choie is always yours, but I do recommend that whatever you end up with, get it young and socialise it with the horses as soon as possible.
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-23-2008, 08:39 AM
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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.

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post #5 of 14 Old 05-23-2008, 09:42 AM
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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 definately something I'd like her to learn asap!
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-24-2008, 10:30 AM
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I have seen a lot of Austrailian(sp?) Shepards at barns, but I have no clue other than that :)

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post #7 of 14 Old 05-24-2008, 12:04 PM
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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.
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-24-2008, 06:16 PM
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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.

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post #9 of 14 Old 05-24-2008, 06:28 PM
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At our barn there a lot of large sized jack russel terrier. But it really depends on the dog, as some of the other people have said.

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post #10 of 14 Old 05-25-2008, 02:17 AM
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barn dog

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 definately the best one I've ever had.
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