How I Chose a Border Collie as a Working Dog Breed, Part 1


| 11/19/2018 6:56:00 PM


Basset Hound Working Dog 

Every good cowboy needs a good working dog to help manage the livestock they are tasked to move and manage. Some cowboys prefer Heelers. Others chose Kelpies, Catahoula, Australian Shepherd, or Hanging Tree Dogs to help manage livestock. You need to select a breed that will work well with the livestock you have — unlike my situation. Yes, I started with a Basset Hound that thought he was a herding dog.

Eli was my son’s dog and I inherited him after my son left home. The dog was more of a therapy dog for me, walking with me and snuggling up with me, after I had a major life-changing event. When I started working at a small feedyard, I was allowed to bring Eli, to sniff out rats and mice, while I was caring for the cattle.

Basset Hound as Unexpected Working Dog

Then one day, Eli started helping the other herding dogs, push cattle up to the holding pens, when we shipped them out for processing. Eli followed behind, working himself back and forth behind the herd, just like the other heeling dogs.

When the cattle refused to move up the loading chute, I could tell Eli to talk to the cattle and he would bay out his mournful Basset Hound bark that encouraged the cattle to move, without being intimidating. He was very entertaining to watch as we loaded the cattle trucks, but he was really helping!



Tragedy Leads to a New Working Dog Breed

Unfortunately, Eli’s life as a cattle dog was short-lived. His nose chasing rats and mice put him in a dangerous situation and it cost him his life.





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