Working farms and ranches tend to need to have at least one good dog around to help with various tasks. We’ve provided a nice roundup of the breeds most suitable for working along side farmers and ranchers in their day-to-day activities.
Related to the Collie; the Shepherds were developed to use as farm dogs in the United States. They were bred from dogs brought to the United States by the English and Scottish settlers. This breed is a very versatile intelligent all around working farm dog; they are used for hunting game as well as vermin, herding cattle, sheep and watchful guard dogs. They are gentle, loyal and loving companions for both children and adults.
The earliest of this breed were farm dogs to keep the vermin out of the barn and grain bins. They were also acting as watchdogs, watching over the livestock and the farmer’s home. This breed is a very strong and sturdy dog and was trained for doing a variety of chores around the farm, they were also a gentle and loving companion for the inter family.
Originated in Germany, they are a large-sized breed, with their origin dating back to 1899. This breed was developed originally for guarding and herding sheep, they were also loving and faithful companions for farmers and their families. This breed is known today for their work with the military, police, search and rescue as well as service and guide dogs for the disabled.
Originated in Rottweil, Germany; they are a medium to large size breed their size made them excellent dogs for farmers and butchers. On the farm they were used to pull carts, herd livestock, hunting and guarding the farmer’s home. Butchers used these dogs to pull carts loaded with meat and other various products to the market. This breed is now used as search and rescue dogs, guard dogs, police dogs and guide dogs. They also make loving companions for both children and adults.
Contrary to their names this breed did not come from Australia, they originated in the United States. Due to the fact these dogs were used for herding Australian sheep, they were nicknamed Aussie, this breed was used for herding originally in Colorado. The Australian Shepherd has been a valuable friend to farmers and ranchers due to their versatility and trainability. Their appearance is much like that of the Border Collie and English Shepherd.
After the First World War, they became popular as search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, therapy dogs, service dogs and guide dogs, they are also used in rodeos and horse shows.
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