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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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5 reasons to get a farm dog

In this article, Dur-e-Sabih looks at five reasons to get a farm dog.

Farmers are necessary for human survival, but being a farmer is not a piece of cake.

They have to work very hard and long hours to succeed and put food on our table. They do their best and are responsible for all the crops and livestock needed for survival.

Yet the most challenging part of being a farmer is that they cannot afford a helping hand to divide their workload.

But what if I told you that farmers could share their workload with someone for free? Yes, for free, and in this regard, a dog can help them out.

Dogs are always the devoted, obedient, and loyal companions of humans, and for centuries, farm dogs have been helping farmers to keep wolves at bay, protect herding sheep and goats and help in many other chores.

Reasons to get a farm dog

There are many reasons to get a farm dog, and five are listed below.

1. Livestock herder

Dogs are bred for different purposes, and you can train them as you want. The main benefit of having farm dogs is that they work excellently as herding dogs. Whether you have a small farm or cattle or work with livestock, they can help you.

Farm dogs can even sleep with sheep, goats, and other larger animals. The primary purpose of herding dogs is to round up and move large livestock safely at the command of your voice.

Breeds like collies and shepherds work best as herding dogs, yet they do require a lot of training in the first place to move large livestock at your voice command.

2. Guard dogs

Many farmers work late at night and complete the chores, so a guard dog that protect you from predators is a must.

Guard dogs have a good sense of hearing and sight and can sense danger. A guard dog can alert you to potential danger and protect you and your farm from it.

3. Pesticides and vermin controller

Dogs like terriers and other breeds are great at protecting your farm from rats and mice. Rats and vermin can carry disease, contaminate, and damage your livestock feed.

Breeds like terriers can chase away vermin and pesticides, so if your farms and kettle are in the area where these problems arise, use dogs to control them.

4. Revenue increaser

It may sound absurd, but dogs are great revenue generators. They only need love, affection, and healthy food in return for all the chores they do on the farm.

A heritage dog can also be an excellent guard dog. They can direct the farm animals through pastures and pens and save them from danger and injuries; hence they can save you a lot of money.

They also give a warm and pleasant environment for the people who visit farms to purchase anything and develop a bond with them.

Their cute appearance and friendly nature make people comfortable, and people become more inclined and happy with your farms and wish to revisit them.

Additionally, their excellent energy level can be more productive and keep you active and working all day long without feeling exhausted.

5. Human best friend

Farmers spend most of their time working on farms and need a company to release stress and regulate their mode. And who can provide them with a great company rather than a dog?

Dogs are always humans’ best friends; they relieve stress and are more active but before adopting them, make sure to find a suitable breed for yourself and your farm.

After adopting a suitable breed, you can train them according to your requirements and enjoy their company.

Suitable farm breed

After describing farm dogs’ benefits, let us tell you the best farm dog breed so you can choose and adopt a suitable breed for yourself.

●     Corgi

They are affectionate, loving, and powerful dogs, with their deep chest and muscular legs that let them power through a hard day’s work.

They are obedient, agile, highly trainable, and excel in their jobs as herders bred to move battles; they are also excellent watchdogs.

●     Border Collie

Border collies are medium-sized dogs and are 18-22 inches tall. They are muscular and obedient dog breeds and are great for herding livestock and keeping the livestock safe from any danger.

●     German Shepherd

German shepherds originated in 1898 as herding dogs; their wolf-like appearance and strong personality keep predators at bay.

They are loyal, courageous, hardworking, and active dogs and have all the qualities needed for a farm dog. They are easy to train and follow the commands easily.

●     Jack Russell

Jack Russell Terriers are very active dogs. They are noted for being playful and very active. They enjoy hunting down pests, have a great sense of smell, and if you have an infestation farm or have rats, rodents, or other pets, then leave it to Jack Russell.

●     Australian Cattle Dog

Australian cattle dogs, also known as red healers or blue healers due to their coloring, are initially bred in Australia as herding dogs.

They have impeccable hunting instincts; they help move and chase livestock safely.

With their admirable work drive, they love to learn new tricks and commands and follow them up.

There are numerous breeds of dogs that are sociable, loyal, and wonderful companions, but, for farms, you must seek an appropriate breed that doesn’t need a lot of upkeep and attention and has an athletic build for work.

Red terriers, German shepherds, Border Collies, and other breeds are better for farms than cavapoos, Pomeranians, and other breeds because they aren’t athletic and require care like cavapoo haircuts often.

You don’t have much time on farms to give cavapoo haircuts and care.


Dogs make the ideal friend for humans and can assist with numerous tasks; in exchange, they need your time and love, so be sure to take good care of them, and they will take good care of your mood and difficulties.

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