Personally, I intend to get a well-bred German Shepherd with professional property guard training and a well bred blue heeler.
German Shepherds have a soft spot in my heart, I just love the look and the intensity they can have. I want the the protection bred into it and trained, I can get it to bring the horses in myself though if need be.
Heeler will more likely be the one used for bringing the horses in though, same as the one I know. She is the most well-trained dog I know of. She's learned how to nip at the horses without getting kicked, she's had horses turn back at her and chase her (runs circles around them lol), everything..and she does it great. Can even send the horses back out to turnout. That's what I want in a farm dog. I don't want a guard dog mixed with a farm dog, I want one of each.
I don't think that heelers and aussies need more socialization as pups either. I know the heeler I'm talking about never aaw other dogs until she was about a year and a half..did fine with them and played. She's never bit a person, only bit one dog (attacked her first), and has never actually bitten the horses although she heels them. My dog's have more socialization than say..my aunt's mini-schnauzer got, but that's because I intend to have the best trained dogs in the area, haha. Posted via Mobile Device