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        03-27-2013, 10:43 PM
      #31
    Foal
    FlyGap.. I LOVE your dog! What lines is he from/pedigree/etc?
         
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        03-27-2013, 11:09 PM
      #32
    Foal
    There's always English Shepherds :) That's what we've always had and I love them, although you do have to choose carefully as they can vary a lot. I don't know if they count as rare or not. JW, why does it matter if they are rare or not?
    They very are similar to Australian Shepherds in a lot of ways, there's just a different edge to their personality that I like more. I don't often recommend them, as they are herding dogs, not for everybody, but they are so smart and beautiful.
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        03-28-2013, 01:08 AM
      #33
    Yearling
    German Shephards are good guard dogs, and herding dogs, and family dogs. Collies and border collies are also great too. I have 1 golden retriever, and 2 yellow labs, and 1 black lab, and they are great... but I can see that you are looking into different breeds.
         
        03-28-2013, 01:13 AM
      #34
    Yearling
    This is my dog, Cupcake, she is a lab, retriever mix


    And her with her mother and sister:


    Labs are great dogs, but I would also like a different breed. I don't have an available picture of out other lab.
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        03-28-2013, 01:32 AM
      #35
    Green Broke
    One of my best dogs for pen work was a Lab/Bassett cross. She was level-headed and low enough to the ground she didn't get kicked. One of the ranchers locally has a Standard Poodle that is a cow-working son of a gun and travels all day. Just awesome. Have another friend that raises, trains and sells Kelpies for cattle work. Youngest took our Pit/Red Heeler to Texas where she rides polo horses. That dog has been real good around stock, horses, strangers, and in the house.

    Get a dog that fits your WHOLE lifestyle. Breed doesn't really matter in my experience (obviously!).
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        03-28-2013, 05:50 PM
      #36
    Weanling
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    One of my best dogs for pen work was a Lab/Bassett cross. She was level-headed and low enough to the ground she didn't get kicked. One of the ranchers locally has a Standard Poodle that is a cow-working son of a gun and travels all day. Just awesome. Have another friend that raises, trains and sells Kelpies for cattle work. Youngest took our Pit/Red Heeler to Texas where she rides polo horses. That dog has been real good around stock, horses, strangers, and in the house.

    Get a dog that fits your WHOLE lifestyle. Breed doesn't really matter in my experience (obviously!).

    I am starting to think that heelers are good dogs too! But I just don't think they are very pretty. They look like a coyote to me
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        03-31-2013, 11:57 PM
      #37
    Yearling
    This is my farm dog in training!

    He's a mutt, my sister inherited his pg mom with her new house. She looks like an aussie mix, my sister said her behaviour sometimes makes her think of a chow, that's all we had to go on til she talked to the original, original (since she went threw 2 or 3 homes before my sister ended up with her) owner and they said she was aussie/chow/lab mix. No idea what his dad was, my sister kept one of his brothers that looks like a shar pei.

    He's my first outside dog, he's very smart and picking things up quickly.

    My other dogs have been mostly great danes, this was my former trail dog,

    But she's an old lady now, and often needs help just to stand up.
    This was supposed to be my new trail dog,

    But so far he's not showing her talent, doesn't help that he's somewhat afraid of horses (more so loose horses, then those with riders). He may do better when he's older.

    They are all good on the farm, but since the danes are indoor dogs they aren't really farm dogs.
         
        04-01-2013, 12:12 AM
      #38
    Green Broke
    I have had lots of dogs over the years. I like mixed breed mutts . My dogs that were best for guarding Me ( even go after a naughty horse) were a lab x cheasapeke bay , a heeler x shepard x stray x fence jumper, a chow mix that looked like a red fox and the gal she came from said she was chow and australian chow . She looked like a red border collie , and my Aussie but he was afraid of loud noises, but would bite anyone who threatened me. Oh and my aussie x border collie x heeler x shepard .
         
        04-01-2013, 12:45 AM
      #39
    Yearling
    Border Collies are my favourite.
    We have one and a collie cross, they both are very smart and are quick learners. If you know what you are doing then you will never have problem with them herding you ponies. We have trained our two to have 'pony sense' as the sheep and ponies live in the same field so they have had to learn to work in among the ponies, around the ponies and between multiple ponies. They never chase the ponies and they are very careful around back legs and they know what to do if the pony ever comes at them as the Stallions sometimes do, do.

    Cleo, our rescue collie, from what we can figure she is a very well bred sheep dog out of some of the best trial dogs in Shetland. She is well put together and got a good eye for sheep. She is also the best pet you could ever wish for she loves nothing better then to curl up in your arms all day.






    Spud the collie cross most likely a lurcher.

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        04-06-2013, 12:29 AM
      #40
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by boots    
    Get a dog that fits your WHOLE lifestyle. Breed doesn't really matter in my experience (obviously!).
    I agree :)

    I went and visited family last week hauled a couple of horses and my dogs with me. We just went on little 5-8 mile rides(at a good walk) on old logging and mine roads, my 7 lb. Chihuahua thought that was great fun!!!I didn't pack him, he trotted it on his own, had fun following along behind chasing butterflies and squirrels. He doesn't know he is a little dog..LOL! One day he followed someone into the house while saddling and got left behind- he howled something horrible. Next time he made sure he went :)
    I have my preferences in dogs but how you raise them makes a huge difference!
         

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