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4 Perfect Dog Breeds for Your Homestead

| 11/1/2018 10:08:00 AM

 Border Collie Dog

Border Collie (c) JaneFlickr

Life on the homestead can get hard, especially if you’re on your own. So have you ever considered getting a working dog to help you? Chances are you want animals that can provide some worth but can also be a pet.

In this article I discuss 4 different dog breeds which make the perfect homestead dog.

German Shepherd Lab Mix

First on my list is the German Shepherd Lab Mix. As their name suggests they are a crossbred dog, with a German Shepherd and Labrador as its parent. German Shepherds were originally bred to be used as working dogs with high levels of intelligence. Their temperament is best described as ‘protective’ and they will guard anything they regard as their own. As for Labradors, they were originally bred for gun dogs, so they would retrieve anything their master had shot. Because they were bred to retrieve their temperament is very obedient.

When you combine these two breeds it means you get an intelligent, obedient guard dog that is very active. This is what makes them perfect for a homestead. Due to their level of intelligence they can easily be taught basic commands such as stay and recall. Also due to the German Shepherds protective instinct, they will also help to keep any livestock or chickens safe from predators.

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As the owner of an indoor Kangal who lived to a ripe old age of 14, while guarding our chickens, bunnies, cats, and children, I have to say that it depends on the breeding of the Kangal. And it's best to discuss your intentions for the dog with the breeder so that they can pick an appropriate puppy that will fit your lifestyle and needs. We live on a half acre and have a 600 acre park within walking distance, so there was plenty of room for him to exercise. And our guy was a perfect companion in our family.

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