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What farm dog(s) do you Have?
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Jimbob    Posted 09-16-2003 at 18:38:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
What breed of dog do you have & how does the dog make farm life better?


Rickstir    Posted 09-18-2003 at 11:22:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have five.

Two yellow labs, male named Budweiser female named Michelob (my wife wouldn't let me name a girl dog Busch1)We quail and waterfowl hunt with them)

One Austrailian Shepard/Mix, female named Puddles. This one came with my wife. She is semi-retired.

An Irish Wolfhound/Mix, female named Lucky. Lucky because as a four week old pup I found her abandonded on the road. She is a sweetie and will bark her head off if there is anything "new", like a coyotte or a car coming down the driveway, or a new burning barrel.

The new one, is a Blue Healer/Mix. He is a walk on, just showed up two weeks ago. Ran ads in the paper for two weeks with no takers. So I guess he's ours. He will go to the vet and get shots, we think he is about 6 months old. Then go to the tailor if you get my drift. Right now we call him Scamp, but will have to let him earn his "farm name" with some sort of an adventure. He will be the only "outside" dog.

We also have four cats. Skamp is learning to leave cats alone....the hard way.


Paula    Posted 09-17-2003 at 12:42:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have two rhodesian ridgebacks. Sturdy African
hound, multifunction - guarding, hunting, laying around.
Love them to death. They're my sons. I've had three
ridgebacks so far, lost one to misadventure. They're not
farm dogs yet, but they're hiking in the woods dogs for
now -does that count? I also have two cats; a great
calico huntress and a 14yr old that looks like a Russian
Blue.

And two birds: a cockatiel and a conure.
Paula


Gimpleg Fagon    Posted 09-17-2003 at 11:42:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have two Tasmanian Pig Hounds and one Bushy Footed Snork. The Snork is very protective of my banana trees. Work cattle with the Pig Hounds.


M.R.    Posted 09-17-2003 at 06:56:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Three ACD,s [Australian Cattle Dog / Queenland Blue Heeler].
Like kids with two you have control and with three it goes out the window.
The Mrs. bought home a licence plate holder, that ended up on the stock trailer instead of in her office that reads "My Blue Heeler Is Smarter Than Your Honnor Student!"


SeaJ    Posted 09-17-2003 at 06:53:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a golden retriever who is a good goat guard. Especially when we have new kids. he is baby crazy. Also have a half lab/golden who help me mow. As I find sticks while mowing I yell for him and he comes and picks up the sticks and puts them in a pile by the house.He's also great for keeping the neighbors kids away. then there is the rott/dalmation. All she is good for is having pups. Want one??? I have 4 right now.


ladyhawk    Posted 09-17-2003 at 06:15:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Out here in Calif. we have 4 catahoula's. Buster my dog, speckles, sparky and Lucy!! They are wonderful pets. Catahoula's are very protective and territorial. They don't wonder off and stay close to home. They are high energy dogs and need lots of space to run. Thank goodness we have 70 acres. They truly are mans best friend. They are extremley smart. Sometimes i think they are in control of my life I have to keep them in their place to remind them who is boss. They chase everything away and keep the critters away from the house and barn. They also make wonderful hunting/cattle dogs. Great with the kids and the best watch dogs. They haven't bitten anyone but boy you know if someone or something is on the property that isn't suppose to be there. They are Trained very easily. They come in different colors. Buster is all black and 55 pounds, speckles is just that speckled with black, white, red, brown and has one blue eye about 85 pounds, sparky a leapard coat with one eye that is half green and half blue and the the other eye brown and green about 65 pounds and 10 months old. Lucy in chocolate almost looks like a lab and is sparky's sister wieghs about 62 pounds.What kind of dog do you have or are considering getting?


RichZ    Posted 09-17-2003 at 06:56:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've got three dogs, but don't tell them their dogs, they think they're people, and to me they are.

There's:

Patti, our full blooded St. Bernard, almost 5, her life centers around tummy rubs and being loved. 140 pounds

Mulder, mastiff mix, part bull mastiff, part Neopolitan mastiff, always happy and lovable, almost 4. The dog with the best communications skills I ever saw, he can always make you understand what he wants, or what he wants to tell you. 165 pounds

Scully, part Laborador, part Australian Shepherd, almost 2. Our best watchdog, and always ready to play as hard as possible. She's our tiny girl at 58 pounds.

When these three get to barking at a stranger, and someone who doesn't know them gets a look at them, they hightail it off our farm in a hurry.


LH    Posted 09-17-2003 at 04:53:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
a few mutt / rat dogs, 2 coonhounds plott & redbone, a husky wold cross, and a St. bernard. All just pets but the hounds earn their keep eradicating pests and varmints from the property.


Fawteen    Posted 09-17-2003 at 04:40:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
We got The Grumpasaurus. Mom was Yellow Lab and Brittany Spaniel, Dad was Black Lab and Springer Spaniel.

Grump teams up with Fernando Llama and keeps EVERYTHING out. Not so much as a stray cat gets through the fence. She's death on chippies, mice, rats and rodents in general.

In the spring, we get hordes of grackles that go in through the chicken hatches and crap all over the chicken coop. Grump kills two or three of them a day too. I let her in the coop and she just chases them until they get too tired to fly or stun themselves flying into the walls.

Considering how much she hates tweety-birds (saw her lugging off a bluejay one day, I can't imagine how she caught that!) she pretty much ignores the chickens. Probably because she knows I'd kick her butt if she put a tooth on one of them.

On the down side, she's an egg-sucking, chicken turd-eating, shedding machine. And eating chicken turds has a curious effect on her. Right after eating two or three really fresh ones, she's overcome with affection for me and wants to give me a kiss...



Jimbob    Posted 09-17-2003 at 04:15:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have an Australian Shepard dog. It keeps critters from eating our chickens & will not kill one itself. The dog is not an aggressive guard dog, but does bark.

We once had a 1/2 Lab & 1/2 golden retreiver that got killed by lightning. This dog had a different bark for everything. My wife could tell who entered the property. Delivery person, friend, stranger, wild animal, etc. My wife claimed the dog had about 28 different barks. Unreal! This dog was a serious guard dog.

We have a stray cat we feed now. It keeps snakes away & and we do not have mice problems any longer.


dave m    Posted 09-17-2003 at 03:47:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Irish Wolfhound and toy poodle the wolfhound had to be put down last week.without a doubt the best dog we have ever owned.Thats from over twenty different breeds over the years.German shepherds and labs next.the poodle is the dumbest of the lot. dave m


Randy    Posted 09-17-2003 at 03:39:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bullmastiff, named Tiggy. My little gitl. Vet thought she was going to die when she was born, 5 or 6 years ago! Makes my life better by being able to watch her dig up the back yard, sometimes for hours on end.
Boxer, named Lenny. Rescued him almost a year ago now. He's a buggar and we love him for it. Couldn't be sweeter and is real close to the little lady.
My ex has our other 3 bullmastiffs. They help by making it safe for her to live by herself. Would not want to be the one caught breaking in and hurting her. Big babies though.


Redneck    Posted 09-17-2003 at 02:57:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a Great Dane that is a bear when needed or a big baby the rest of the time.One of smartest dogs I have ever saw.We never had to disipline the boys growing up with her.If there is a tussle,she goes directly to the sorce.A warning bark or two is all they get,reach or holler again and she is on you.

The other is a half Piedmont bulldog,half leopard curr.He is the hunter,chaser,bringer,puller,treeer,sleep in your lapper.He is out of hog hunting and cattle dog stock.


BOSS    Posted 09-17-2003 at 02:57:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have an English Lab, short and stocky, everybody thinks he is a blonde rottwiler. Hes the tough guy and the guard dog. Best dog in the world.
Then we have a Komondor, everything that you have ever read about them is the complete opposite of ours. though her guarding instincts are coming around.


Wm. from NC    Posted 09-17-2003 at 02:20:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have a beagle here. Beautiful tri colored, and about 2 1/2 years old. As we say around here, he's dumber than dirt. Loves to play with our cat. Just bought a radio fence, to keep him home. He definitely doesn't like that. It has crossed his eyes a few times.


toolman    Posted 09-16-2003 at 21:45:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
had lots of dogs over the years growing up , met the wife 23 years ago she had a sheltie(shetland sheep dog) fell in love with them , thats all i have ever had since. we had five over the years lost 3 , we have the two now my constant companions, and if someone or something is around they let you know, and the love they give back to us is enough reason to have them ,best friends i ever had.


Willy-N    Posted 09-16-2003 at 21:22:03       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is our Gang! All Newfoundlans, 2-Blacks, 1-Bronze and a Lanseer. There only job is to lay around and keep us from locking the doors and taking the keys out of the cars. Combined weight aprox 685+ lbs. The Lanseer lets us know when storms are on the way. He will bark at thunder long befor you hear it. Also howls at the coyities. Brown Dog loves to run around the Chicken pen and bug the other 3 dogs. The Blacks are older guys and they just go to the fence and get their point across that you don't come in unless we let you in. There Size and Pack Habits are enought to take care of the place with out bitting anyone and they know it too! Mark H.


Faye    Posted 09-16-2003 at 21:05:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a great Pyrenees named Jake, he starts patrolling at dusk, barking as he goes then comes inside to sleep like a baby. But any noise at the goat barn and he wakes me up to let him out. Good with children and all other animals, only problem is he likes to patrol 3 acres and I only have two. This type of dog is hard to contain! Early morning finds him in the church parking lot across the street. Also drools a bit. We have a golden retriever, big on heart, a little low on courage...as Jakes back-up she's a great barker, but when the fur starts flying and he is chasing coyotes, she is pressed up against the front door!
When I am mucking out a stall in triple digit heat and the dogs have dug a cool mud spot in the shade and watch me, I have to laugh, who exist's for whom's enjoyment!


Be Phlatt    Posted 09-16-2003 at 20:59:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Currently got 3 "sooners" and a couple of manx cats that stay at the barn (guards the hosses)...I get what other people "throw out" here in the country, if they show up , they get something to eat and they ,without a doubt , stay ....Phlatt


CHUCK IN ONT    Posted 09-16-2003 at 20:47:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
1/2 border collie 1/2 ? protects property never had such a good dog,hates indoors.terrior cross keeps your face clean at 6am would choke it but think wife likes it more than me.


Taylor Lambert    Posted 09-16-2003 at 20:07:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have 3 fiest on the inside an old Collie and my White german shepard is theBaby of the family. ALl house trained and spoiled rotten. Yard dogs are 2 muts My male WHite German shepard and the newer White German Shepard which after last week should have more WHite shepards. Its bad when you share aa bed with a 6 month old 45 pound German shepard lol. It doesnt atter what im doing Lilly stays under foot .


cowgirlj    Posted 09-16-2003 at 19:44:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have 5 dogs. A Border Collie...Duke. All he does is poop up and down the driveway to make sure neighbour dogs know he's around. Oh, and he babysits baby animals when we have some. Then there's Rocks, a Choclate Lab. He keeps the boy (16) protected at night from the closet monsters. Ruby, an American Boxer...we think she is retarded. She can walk with her head right beside her butt so she can look at you and walk ahead of you at the same time. She is also the best air-licker/snorker around. Max, our Jack Russel. His only talent is finding a facial expression for any and every occasion. He's especially good at looking adorable and pitiful at the same time. Oh...and he can change the color of your couch from any color to white when he sheds. Then there is old girl Kelsy. She's a Bouvie. I have no idea what she is good for except maybe keeping the other dogs in line. She's a great boss!
Oh well. Guess they really aren't much good as "farm" dogs, but we love each and everyone of them.


Maggie/Tx    Posted 09-16-2003 at 19:44:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe dogs make life better no matter where you are, be it a farm or rural neighborhood. We only have 2 acres here, but have a black Lab and 6 cats. We've got some acreage north of here and it sure gets lonely up there without our dog, so I would say the companionship of a dog is the most important thing to me.
Our Lab a good watch dog, in that he'll bark when anybody comes in the yard and also bark at varmints that shouldn't be here. He'll let me know there are racoons stealing the pet food but he knows better than to mess with them. (Learned it the hard way) I believe if he saw anybody or anything try to hurt me, he would go for them. A possum hissed at me one night and the dog was on him like a duck on a junebug and he did some damage to old Mr. Possum.


Bud in NC    Posted 09-16-2003 at 19:21:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got two Boxers and a Cocker Spaniel....mostly the Boxers make me feel smart - sometimes. They ain't real bright, but they're happy. The cocker is the "Paxil Pup" - stays stressed out. Got a cat that's real good at killing mice, rats and copperhead snakes, though. Had another cat that died recently - her name was "Chainsaw"...she had a little attitude problem...she was tough on the local wildlife, too.


Annie in KY    Posted 09-16-2003 at 19:06:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pomeranian: keeps the squirrels off the porch
Border collie: keeps the pond aerated because it loves swimming.
German Shepherd: patrols the property line....Mostly, they just all give us joy and companionship.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 09-16-2003 at 18:43:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stephens Curr. A small squirrel dog. Pretty tuff for a little guy, and brave as can be. He don't care if he is running off a raccoon, bob cat or a mouse. He never backs away from a fight with any critter.


BOSS    Posted 09-17-2003 at 02:53:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hows that Curr with family?? I've heard alot of good things about those Currs. One is that they are the bravest dogs there is. They aren't afraid of ANYTHING. The only thing stopping them is their size.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 09-17-2003 at 18:52:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
He is still pretty much just a pup, but seems to be pretty tolerant of the immediate family after he figures out they are friend, not foe. He is our second Stephens curr and the first was just as brave. You have to watch them because they indeed do seem to be un-afraid of anything. the little pup took on the neighbor's german shepard last saturday and somehow got his bluff in. The little curr just went right up and layed down the law. I ran for the 22 just in case the shepard was unimpressed by Ranger's suggestion that the shepard stay on his side of the fence, tho.


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