We're looking into a second dog and companion atm, and I wondering if anyone has some suggestions. I love herding breeds (mostly Aussies and cattle dogs), but I'm worried they might scare Isabella (my horse) to death since she spooks a ton around dogs, she had a bad experience with one running up at her at a full sprint. If any of you have barn companions, what breed of dogs are they? I'm looking for a dog who is a bit of velcro dog/ companion, between the size of a cattle dog and a german shepherd, protective, minimum prey drive especially around horses, playful, could be left alone for about 7 hours or less (almost always less) each day, affectionate, and very active but not requireing more than an hour of human supervised exercise per day ( wee have a HUGE yard and a dog door), and gets along with other dogs since we currently have a Pyrenees mix. The dog may come on trail rides as well so one that could keep up. Breeds we are so far considering include labs, goldens, german shepherds and cattle dogs.
Looking for both/ either suggestions for us or types of dogs you guys own who do well around horses. I know a girl with an amazing golden who follows her everywhere around the barn, but can just sit outside the arena and watch her ride for hours. Thanks!