Hey guys!! I’m so glad you could join me, Jill, Amy, and Megan for another fun-filled Homestead Barn Hop! It has been so inspiring visiting everyone’s homesteads and seeing what you’ve all been up to! Keep the great ideas coming!
So, we’re giving owning dogs another chance. We’ve had several not work out, but we’d really love to have a good farm dog to keep watch over the homestead.
When looking for the right pup, keep breed in mind. And be sure to research your chosen breed before actually bringing one home.
German Shepherd’s are cute as puppies, but don’t let the name fool you, they make horrible farm dogs (well, from my experience, anyways). Any dog with the nature to chase (Retrievers, for another example), unless highly trained, will not do well with chickens. Ours killed three of our hens, just playing I’m sure. But once these breeds get a taste for the hunt, it’s nearly impossible to break them of it completely.
We also tried having a Great Pyrenees. He was such a gentle giant, and we loved him from the start. But these dogs are notorious for getting out and wandering far from home. Ours was no exception. We were constantly getting calls from neighbors miles away reporting that they had our dog and that he had been in the road. Though I had some pretty humorous calls, too. If you’ve ever seen an Gr. Pyrenees, you know they are HUGE. Like a St. Bernard. One guy called me and said that when his sister had first spotted “Rebel” on their front porch one evening, she yelled, “Oh #@%*, there’s a bear on our porch!!” That was pretty funny.
He never caused any trouble, but we were so afraid he’d get hit by a car. And were even more afraid that some crazy teenager would be flying around a curve and get killed either hitting him or avoiding him. And it would have been on us. He escaped every attempt at keeping him in, and so we decided it just wasn’t safe to keep him any longer. The only responsible thing to do was to find somebody more equipped to have him. And we did.
Many of you have suggested that Border Collies are wonderful farm dogs, and so we’ve been on the hunt for some for months. They must be in high demand around here, ’cause every time I found one listed, it was immediately spoken for. Last week, we finally found a sweet pair of collie brothers. They were free to a good home and we were the first to call for them, and so we figured they must have been meant for us.
We’re really hoping these two work out. Their dog lot is butted up between the chicken run and the goat’s pen, so hopefully they’ll grow up being used to them. We let them roam and play during the day, and they’ve been perfect about just hanging around. Maybe they’ll help keep varmints at bay, and warn us of people or dogs that may be on our property.
Do you have a favorite farm dog breed? I’d love to know your experience!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.