The stereotype is familiar to everyone: the older farmer who drives a rusty pickup has an amazing amount of facial hair, wears suspenders attached to his jeans, and has a faithful dog that rides everywhere with him. But what kind of dog does this character have with all of the farm dog breeds out there?
It depends on the job required to be done by the dog. All possible choices are herding, defending, and managing pests. For sure, companionship and entertainment are perks. Some need intellect and agility, while others require a strong instinct for defence. Others must be able to combat dangerous wildlife, and others must be able to keep mice, raccoons, opossums, and birds out of the fields.
There are plenty of incredible dog breeds for use on the farm, and even an annual Farm Dog of the Year contest is held by the American Farm Bureau. And as you can see from the breeds that some of these militant social media influencers have, people definitely have their preferences. Certain farm dogs, however, are objectively better than others.
Here are my choices in our agricultural settings for the 5 best farm dog breeds to have:
- Cattle Dog from Australia (Heeler)
The ultimate farm dog is this fiercely loyal and intelligent dog. They’re short, compact, and solid, which is ideal for a tough job like farming. Smart, physically fit, tough as nails, and hyper-focused on their work are the heelers. This breed needs a job, whatever form of operation you operate. They will do it with excitement whether it is herding, defending, driving away vermin, or any of the above.
- Collie Boundary
The Border Collie is another extremely smart breed. This breed is renowned, first and foremost, for its herding skills. Border Collies are highly energetic and active dogs, making them ideal for their physically challenging work. Border Collies are arguably the smartest of the breeds, famously quick to train and teach impressive tricks.
A sweet, cuddly dog for families and queens, Corgis have taken on a role in popular culture. The Corgi was made for herding, although they can fill this position very well. It is stubborn and capable of moving through hooves, walls, and gates. Corgis want nothing more than to let their owner know exactly what is in their room, although they are usually good companions. Maybe a predator, maybe a leaf. In the bark, there is no variation.
- The great Pyrenees
Although this breed might have difficulty fitting into a truck’s front seat, they certainly don’t want to be there anyway. These dogs are linked to the community of animals they are responsible for defending. Depending on the environment, the size and coat make living outdoors a breeze, even preferable. He is the protector of the Great Pyrenees. No predator gets into them at all.
- Terrier of Jack Russell
The Jack Russell Terrier is third, but definitely not least. This breed is ideal for keeping rodents away from their immediate environment and other pests. They were bred to hunt small furry stuff, and they will hunt small furry stuff. Not the best dog on a rabbit farm to have, but ideal for riding between the crop rows from field to field and searching for a raccoon.